AMTRA RAMA (SQP) assessments

What follows is a summary: specific provisions relating to the online written assessments are set out in the document "Online written exams: Instructions and Information for Candidates and Employers" which should be studied.
  A list of forthcoming assessment dates is available on the AMTRA website. All assessments (written and oral) are carried out online. Your exam booking form is enclosed with your training manual, inside the front pocket. Further copies can be downloaded from the AMTRA website (form reference A03).

Booking a place on a training course is NOT the same as booking a place at the assessment. You must always send AMTRA an exam booking form if you intend to sit the assessment, regardless of where you are planning to take the assessment (or whether you've separately booked a training course).
Written assessments must be booked with AMTRA by the deadline date shown on our website, normally 4 weeks before the batch of written assessments begins. As an exception, the viva (oral) exam may be booked up to 6 working days before the exam.
AMTRA will acknowledge receipt of your exam booking form by email. If you do not receive this within a week of submitting your exam form (or less if you are submitting very close to the booking deadline), please telephone AMTRA.
Your first assessment attempt must be taken within 24 months of enrolling with AMTRA (otherwise AMTRA will charge a supplementary fee). After five years of inactivity, your enrolment with AMTRA will lapse and you would need to enrol from scratch if you wanted to resume. You must have enrolled with AMTRA first before booking your assessment – booking a training course with a college is not the same as booking the assessment with AMTRA.

Please note the viva exams may become fully booked, and places are subject to availability. We do not anticipate any written assessments becoming full but may close these to bookings in exceptional circumstances. AMTRA and Harper Adams will make reasonable efforts to hold all assessments, but reserve the right to cancel an assessment at their sole discretion.

The fee for your first attempt at the written assessments and the viva is included in your original enrolment fee[1].

What you need to pass to become an AMTRA RAMA

Most candidates are assessed separately in the Base Module together with whichever species modules you have chosen:

  • The Farm Animal Module
  • The Equine Module
  • The Companion Animal Module
  • The Avian Module

To become an AMTRA RAMA you must pass the Base module, at least one species module, and the viva (oral exam). Alternatively, Registered Veterinary Nurses are required to take just one written assessment:

  • The Veterinary Nurse module

The Veterinary Nurse module effectively replaces the standard Base and Companion Animal modules, but RVNs may also enrol for the Farm Animal, Equine, or Avian modules if appropriate to their needs. RVNs must also pass the AMTRA viva.

To count towards the AMTRA RAMA qualification, the viva must be passed not more than 24 months before successful written assessments, so if written assessments are passed a long time after the viva (for instance after re-sits), then AMTRA will require a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost) before considering you for registration as a RAMA. Additionally, if you pass one or more written modules but fail overall to qualify as a RAMA, then any pass in the Farm Animal module will cease to be considered valid after 24 months if you don’t qualify in the meantime, and other written modules after 60 months, and these would then have to be re-sat at the normal re-sit cost. Furthermore, if you fail all your written modules, AMTRA will normally require you to take a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost).

The written assessment

Specific provisions relating to the online written assessments are set out in the document "Online written exams: Instructions and Information for Candidates and Employers" which should be studied.

During the temporary arrangements in 2021, AMTRA used an open-book exam, but from 2022 has returned to closed-book exams. You should have access to your copy of the AMTRA Compendium during the exam, but no other material.

Before sitting the written assessment, please study the section of this document Written Assessments which includes things you should know.
No marks are given to answers which contain advice or actions not compatible with the law, the Code of Practice, or with data sheet recommendations (e.g. supplying a wormer contraindicated in pregnancy to a female animal without checking if it could be pregnant or even checking its gender, or supplying a sheep wormer for use in goats).
There is no negative marking in any of the written papers – it used to be the case that for some of the multiple-choice questions, an incorrect answer was awarded minus one mark: that is no longer the case.

[1] Your enrolment fee includes your fees for your first attempt: we do not currently charge additional fees if you spread your first attempts at the various modules over multiple dates, but may re-introduce these in future. Additional re-sit fees are charged for second and subsequent attempts.