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.
|“CPD exam” to demonstrate continuing competency
Any SQP who does not gain sufficient CPD points during an AMTRA CPD period must pass an exam to demonstrate continuing competency before they will be permitted to renew their SQP status for the following year.Additionally, those who wish to return to the SQP Register after an extended absence will normally have to pass this exam to demonstrate ongoing competency.More information is in the guidance for SQPs which includes the exam arrangements and dates. The document also clarifies the pass mark (including explaining the negative marking) and how to gain access to the Harper Adams Moodle to prepare for the exam.
If you wish to book, please download the booking form, complete it and send to AMTRA with the appropriate payment.
|CPD quiz points online
All SQPs must gain at least 15 points from attending CPD seminars, but can also gain some points towards their target from accredited quizzes. These include those published by Overthecounter magazine, Animal Health Advisor magazine and Equestrian Trade News, the NADIS quizzes circulated by AMTRA via email to farm-animal SQPs, and some produced by pharmaceutical companies – including the Bayer companion animal CPD portal.You can gain access to all of the Overthecounter quizzes on their website www.overthecounter.cc to fill in online, or if you have back copies of the magazine, they’re fine too.
|SQP Type||Modules||VPS medicines supplied||CPD Points|
|R-SQP||FAM+EQM+CAM||All VPS Medicines||80 points|
|G-SQP||FAM+EQM||VPS-farm animals and equines only||60 points|
|K-SQP||FAM+CAM||VPS-farm and companion animals only||60 points|
|E-SQP||EQM+CAM||VPS-equines and companion animals only||50 points|
|L-SQP||FAM||VPS-farm animals only||50 points|
|J-SQP||EQM||VPS-equines only||30 points|
|C-SQP||CAM||VPS-companion animals only||30 points|
|A-SQP||AVM||VPS-avian only||30 points|
|CA-SQP||CAM+AVM||VPS-companion and avian only||40 points|
|JA-SQP||EQM+AVM||VPS-equine and avian only||40 points|
|EA-SQP||EQM+CAM+AVM||VPS-equine, companion and avian only||60 points|
|FAM - Farm Animal Module; EQM - Equine Module; CAM - Companion Animal Module; AVM - Avian Module|
1. 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. (Unlike in CPD period 3 and before, there is now no requirement to get a minimum of 15 points from seminars.)
2. 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;
3. 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 SQPs 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. SQPs are required to maintain a record of this activity for inspection if required.
4. Relevant Further Education or Higher Educational qualifications - SQPs 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 FE/HE CPD points claim form.
See also Q16 if you are a vet nurse or pharmacy professional.