We do not intend to do so. It is possible that there could be some face-to-face events in perhaps May or June 2021, but we urge you not to rely on that, and if it eventually comes, to regard it as a bonus opportunity.

We know that the workload for many RAMAs has been intensive in 2020 due to changes in work patterns, with some of you working remotely, and shortage of staff in some businesses. If you normally rely on face-to-face CPD, then the removal of that is a challenge, a different way of doing things that you may not like, but please embrace the opportunity – it means no travelling time or costs, a wider range of subject matter and methods of delivery.

If you are less comfortable with online CPD, perhaps with poor broadband or lack of computer equipment, then please think now about how you are going to gain your CPD, and don’t leave it till the last minute.

The AMTRA Council considered in June and December 2020 whether the extraordinary circumstances justified an extension to the CPD deadline, currently 30 June 2021. Council concluded that, while understanding the pressures faced, we do not intend to extend the deadline – there is still plenty of time, and lots of online and other opportunities.

Only if the events or distance learning take place at least 12 months apart. This applies even if the two occasions are in different CPD periods – they must be more than 12 months apart.

However, you may gain points for similar topics from different CPD providers – for instance, both providers may be talking about equine parasitology, but the discussion and emphasis given will be different and the result is complementary, whereas there is much less additional benefit from hearing the same presentations twice in a short period.

Generally we will spot duplicates before they are added to your record, but if we spot them later we will remove the points and notify you – do not rely on duplicated points to reach your points target.

AMTRA recognises that veterinary nurses and pharmacy professionals who are also AMTRA RAMAs do undertake a significant amount of CPD through the obligations of their other profession, though much won’t be directly relevant to the AMTRA role. VNs and pharmacy professionals are still required to undertake the same amount of AMTRA CPD as other RAMAs, but may earn 50% of their points requirement via certified attendance at non-AMTRA-accredited events which are CPD for the other profession and which the RAMA asserts as relevant to their RAMA role.

Such individuals can at any time complete the Veterinary Nurse CPD claim form and return it to the AMTRA office.

No – CPD is by its nature a post-qualification process. It would also be very difficult to differentiate between training to support the qualification and accreditable CPD, meaning that the majority of qualifying RAMAs would have enough CPD points accumulated for their first CPD period, something AMTRA does not wish to see.

No – the whole purpose of CPD is to ensure that you keep up-to-date.

Accredited CPD organisers provide AMTRA with details (name & AMTRA number) of those who attended the whole seminar with the number of points accredited to the seminar, together with a signed attendance sheet or equivalent. Those marking distance-learning supported by multiple-choice questions provide AMTRA with the names & AMTRA numbers, together with the number of CPD points gained, of those answering the questions.

RAMAs can each claim up to 5 CPD points for personal study in each CPD period. RAMAs should keep appropriate records as they may be asked for details of personal study following the close of the current CPD period.

CPD seminars and other studies will be accredited and allocated points by AMTRA, taking input as needed from AMTRA Assessors and others to advise on the CPD seminars and studies submitted by third parties. The number of points allocated will be based on the duration and content of the seminar or study.

a) Attending AMTRA-accredited CPD seminars – the seminars need not be run by AMTRA (most aren’t) but must be accredited by AMTRA in advance. Live webinars (online seminars) count in the same way as ordinary seminars.

b) Distance learning supported by multiple choice quizzes – i.e. by reading or watching supportive material and answering sets of accredited questions, such as online or in magazines. Recorded webinars (i.e. not shown live with scope for interaction) and other videos with accompanying multiple-choice questions are included in this category;

c) Personal study – this may be of AMTRA training modules, updated Code of Practice, magazine articles, IT expertise, etc. AMTRA recognises the increasing professionalism of its RAMAs and will accept a degree of self-certification of this form of CPD. However, only 5 points may be allocated to personal study in any CPD period. RAMAs are required to maintain a record of this activity for inspection if required.

d) Relevant Further Education or Higher Educational qualifications – RAMAs gaining a relevant FE or HE qualification within the CPD period may claim one CPD point for each academic credit. Evidence of the qualification will be required, and should be submitted along with the Higher Education/Further Education CPD points claim form.

See also Q16 if you are a vet nurse or pharmacy professional.

If there are points missing, please contact the organisation or company that provided the CPD – but do leave them six weeks after the event to advise AMTRA of points earned and for AMTRA to process the information received. Please don’t contact AMTRA regarding missing points (unless it was an AMTRA event).

If the points are wrong rather than simply missing, please email, fax or write to us with details of which points are wrong.

The easiest way is to log in to your AMTRA record – on the AMTRA website just click ‘Login’ in the top right-hand corner. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can use the login page to request another password be sent to you.

CPD points earned are added to each person’s records when they are received from the CPD provider. You are advised of the number of CPD points you have accumulated from time to time. If we have an email address for you then we will send you an update every time your record is updated – another good reason to ensure that we always have an up-to-date email address that will reach you directly – but if we only have a postal address for you, we will send you an update approximately every two months.

If you haven’t received a points update within the last two months, please contact us: perhaps we are sending it by email but you aren’t receiving it for some reason.