Official Controls Qualification
(Animal Health Paraprofessional) OCQ(AHP)


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Welcome to the Animal Health Paraprofessional training website

provided by Improve International, on behalf of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Thank you for visiting Improve International's official Animal Health Paraprofessional (AHP) training website, provided on behalf of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). On this site, you will find all the information you need to train for the Official Controls Qualification (Animal Health Paraprofessional) qualifications.

Please follow the links below for information on the following courses:


OCQ(AHP) - ATT (Approved Tuberculin Tester)

(Please note: the pilot trial for the OCQ(AHP) - ATT course is now closed to new registrations)

The Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT) course provides the training required for a paraprofessional to conduct TB skin testing of cattle in England, under the direction of an Approved Veterinary Supervisor (AVS). This course was initially run as a pilot trial with a limited number of OV practices. The pilot trial is now closed to new registrations, but please keep checking this website, as further information will be released when the ATT course is available to register for in the future.

For the OCQ(AHP) - ATTr (Approved Tuberculin Tester revalidation) course, click here.


OCQ(AHP) - CSO (Certification Support Officer)

The Certification Support Officer (CSO) course provides training for paraprofessionals who wish to work on behalf of the Government, under the direction of a Certifying Officer (CO), to collect the evidence required for the CO to complete Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for animal products (excluding germinal products/germplasm).

You will need to register before you can start the CSO training.

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