All AMTRA SQPs are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development. The amount of CPD required depends on the type of SQP and on when the SQP qualified. With the exception of small amounts of personal study, all CPD must be accredited by AMTRA in advance. AMTRA will keep a record of CPD points accumulated by SQPs, and those not achieving the required minimum will not be able to renew their SQP registration unless they pass a fresh exam.
In the CPD period running from July 2015 to June 2017, SQPs can gain their minimum CPD points from whatever type of AMTRA-accredited CPD suits them best, without the need for the former minimum from attending seminars. Written or audiovisual material accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions is one popular way to gain CPD.
A range of organisations provide such CPD including the following. Other providers also offer such material from time to time.
|A new SQP online training school dedicated to providing SQPs in the animal health industry with the the latest information to enhance animal health and behaviour knowledge. Simply register with your SQP number to access the current canine and feline behaviour modules worth a total of 8 AMTRA points.
Get your additional CPD points today by visiting www.cevacpd.co.uk
|Several CPD modules in each magazine, plus the additional benefit that CPD modules previously published in the magazine are still available on their website.|
|CPD articles and quizzes in some editions – some of the previous CPD is available on their website.|
|Monthly parasite forecast and disease bulletin gaining CPD points – available via their website.|
|Bayer’s CPD website for companion animal SQPs has five modules and a total of 14 AMTRA CPD points available. The five modules are: understanding endoparasites, understanding ectoparasites, pet travel, dispensing & pharmacy management, and Angiostrongylus vasorum.|
|MSD’s archive of its TRADEdge bulletins offers a valuable resource, with the most recent bulletins still carrying 2 CPD points each. Sign up and MSD will send you each bulletin as it becomes available.|
Please note that modules formerly accepted by the magazine Animal Health Advisor (which ceased publication in 2014) are no longer accepted by the publisher and should not be submitted.
All farm animal SQPs should make sure they have read and understood the note on farm-animal compulsory CPD on resistance and parasite control – or if you already know the background, go straight to the AMTRA Academy.
Where asked to do so by the CPD organiser, AMTRA will publish on its website information on accredited CPD seminars available to SQPs. Most seminars are publicised by other means.
The AMTRA-accredited training courses available vary from time to time, but at the time of writing include the following:
SQPs can login here: https://sqptraining.learnupon.com/users/sign_in
The SQP Training website is provided by VBMS, specialists in online training. Courses are provided free of charge and available to all SQPs who have provided a unique email address to AMTRA and agreed to share their contact details.
Courses will generally only be offered to SQPs with species qualifications that match each course, e.g. only farm animal qualified SQPs will be offered farm animal based courses.
As per AMTRA rules, SQPs will only be credited once with points for each course completed within a 12 month period, regardless of the format taken (face to face or online). In order to check which courses you have completed and when you may be eligible to retake courses to earn new CPD points, please login to your AMTRA account.
Details of what’s available are at www.sqpwebinars.com
Webinars allow you to gain your CPD with a fraction of the cost and effort of travelling to a physical seminar.
Most of the webinars that have taken place so far have each been worth 8 points of CPD but all are subject to accreditation and in future other webinars might have a different points award. You must watch them live and must log in under your own name to prove you have attended. There is also a quiz that you must answer to gain the CPD points.
These courses normally cost £30 plus VAT, though there are special offers from time to time. To book your place, just visit www.sqpwebinars.com