AMTRA SQP Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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.

Compulsory farm CPD

The SQP syllabus for new SQPs was updated from March 2017. All those SQPs qualifying under the old syllabus have been required to do some compulsory farm CPD on parasite control and resistance. For the vast majority, the deadline was 31 January, and 97.3% of farm SQPs complied.

More details on how to do the farm CPD, and on what to do if you missed the deadline.

Not enough CPD points? “CPD exam” to demonstrate continuing competency

Any SQP who does meet their minimum CPD requirements 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. Read more in the guidance for SQPs.

Are you short a few points?

  • you can claim up to 5 points for relevant personal study – we will write to all AMTRA SQPs in summer 2019 who are 5 or fewer points short of their target, inviting them to submit their claim.
  • you can claim additional points for relevant FE (level 3) or HE courses completed in the CPD period – Higher Education/Further Education CPD points claim form
  • if you were on long term sick leave or maternity leave for more than 6 months, a points reduction may be available – return the CPD points target reduction form along with suitable evidence
  • if you are a qualified veterinary nurse or pharmacy professional, you can claim up to 50% of your AMTRA CPD requirement from non-AMTRA-accredited CPD that supports your SQP role – return the Veterinary Nurse CPD claim form with certificates of attendance

Frequently Asked Questions about The AMTRA CPD Scheme

Updated 17 October 2018

1. What is CPD? Why do I need to do it?

2. What changes from July 2017?

3. When do I need to do CPD?

4. How many points do I need to earn in each CPD period?

5. Does everyone have to get the full allocation of points?

6. What if I do additional modules after I become an SQP?

7. What happens if I don’t get enough points?

8. How do I know how many CPD points I’ve got?

9. What if the number of points you have recorded for me is wrong?

10. How can I obtain CPD points?

11. How many points are gained from attending a CPD Seminar?

12. How do CPD points get onto my CPD record?

13. Can I carry over CPD points from one period to the next?

14. Can I get credit for CPD taken before I qualify as an SQP?

15. What about veterinary nurses and pharmacy professionals who are SQPs?

16. Can I gain points more than once for the same content from the same provider?