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 SQPs do undertake a significant amount of CPD through the obligations of their other profession, though much won’t be directly relevant to the SQP role. VNs and pharmacy professionals are still required to undertake the same amount of SQP CPD as other SQPs, 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 SQP asserts as relevant to their SQP 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 SQPs would have enough CPD pointed accumulated for their first CPD period, something AMTRA does not wish to see.

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

Seminar organisers provide AMTRA with details (name & SQP 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 quizzes provide AMTRA with the names & SQP numbers, together with the number of CPD points gained, of those answering the questions.

SQPs can each claim up to 5 CPD points for personal study in each CPD period. SQPs 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 online studies will be accredited and allocated points by the AMTRA CPD Accreditation Panel, who will ask AMTRA Assessors 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.

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 Higher Education/Further Education CPD points claim form.

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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, then login with your SQP number (starting with the letter Q) and password. 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 SQP’s records when they are received from the CPD provider. SQPs are advised of the number of CPD points they 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.

SQPs who do not meet their points target by the end of the CPD period, or in 2015-17 don’t do the module on professional and legal obligations of SQPs, will not be permitted to renew their SQP status for the following year. The points need to be earned by the deadline date, but as always there will a delay before they are added to the SQP’s record – the requirement is to earn the points by the end of the CPD period, not have them on the record at that date.

AMTRA will offers an examination to demonstrate ongoing competency for those who haven’t gained enough points by the deadline but passing the exam is challenging, time-consuming and relatively costly, so that option should not be relied upon.

See also Q2 in relation to the compulsory farm CPD.