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Approved Tuberculin Tester Qualification - OCQ(AHP) - ATT

The Approved Tuberculin Tester 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 is initially being run as a pilot trial with a limited number of OV practices.


Please note: registrations for the pilot trial are now closed. Please keep checking this website, as further information will be released when the ATT course is available to register for in the future. 


The minimum requirements for registration for the Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT) course are:

  • to be employed in England (ATTs in private practice will not be authorised in Scotland or Wales)
  • to have a minimum of 6 months' cattle handling experience; and either
  • (a) 3 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications in English, mathematics, and a science or food production subject OR (b) 3 years' performance in a government regulatory role, e.g. Local Authority Inspector or Environmental Health Officer.

Please see the Supervisor Requirements page for more details on eligibility checks.

The ATT course covers:

  1. Working on behalf of the Government
  2. The legal basis for the control of TB in England
  3. TB control measures used in England
  4. How to carry out TB testing on cattle in full compliance with APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) Tuberculosis Testing Instructions and Standard Operating Procedures
  5. How to correctly identify all test reactions (and other suspicious signs of disease) at each TB test undertaken and refer to an AVS for interpretation according to the Tuberculosis Testing Instructions issued by APHA
  6. How to initiate and complete post TB test procedures for cattle appropriate to the results and as required by APHA
  7. How to complete and process official TB paperwork and certification for cattle in compliance with both legal and APHA requirements

The qualification requires each candidate to complete the following phases:

  • Study the online course
  • Pass the online exam at the end of the course
  • Nominate an Approved Veterinary Supervisor (AVS)
  • Complete and return the Sam declaration form
  • Receive conditional authorisation from APHA
  • Conduct practical TB testing under the direct and continuous supervision of the AVS until all practical training requirements have been achieved
  • Pass a Practical Assessment with Improve International
  • Receive full authorisation by APHA to TB test under the direction of the AVS

ATTs with full authorisation will be required to:

  • Be audited by their AVS 6 months after passing their Practical Assessment
  • Revalidate their qualification every 2 years
  • Have random audits from the Veterinary Delivery Partnership and by APHA

 

Registration


Please note: registrations for the pilot trial are now closed. Please keep checking this website, as further information will be released when the ATT course is available to register for in the future. 


Additional fees after registration and enrolment

  • OCQ(AHP) - ATT Practical Assessment                £600 plus VAT (2 day assessment) *

​* Payment for the OCQ(AHP) - ATT Practical Assessment can be made when you have passed the online exam and before you book the Practical Assessment. This payment can be made direct from your Personal Training Dashboard.

  • OCQ(AHP) - ATT online exam retake                    £49 plus VAT
  • OCQ(AHP) - ATT Practical Assessment retake     £600 plus VAT (2 day assessment)

How do I access the training?

The training is accessed via your own Personal Training Dashboard, once you are registered and enrolled on the course. The training can be done at a time to suit you, over more than one session, and is followed by an invigilated, online, multiple choice exam.

How long does the training take?

The length of time it takes to complete the online course depends on your pace of study, but will take in the region of 10 hours for the OCQ(AHP) - ATT course.

Practical requirements for the OCQ(AHP) - ATT course

The OCQ(AHP) - ATT online course is followed by a period of TB testing under the direct and continuous supervision of your AVS. You will be required to nominate your AVS and complete and return the Sam declaration form before being given conditional authorisation by APHA, which then allows you to start your practical training. When you have completed all the practical requirements of the course there is a Practical Assessment with an Improve International Assessor, which you must pass to be awarded your full qualification. The maximum period that you can hold conditional authorisation for is 6 months, but it is expected that you will have completed sufficient TB tests to take your Practical Assessment much sooner. Please see the Practical Training for ATTs page for more details.

Authorisation by the APHA

Once you have passed the online exam, you will be sent an email prompting you to nominate your AVS, and to download, complete and return your Sam declaration form. Once your AVS has accepted the supervising role and APHA have received your Sam declaration form, they will process your authorisation for conditional AHP status, a process which takes up to 10 working days. You must not start work while you are waiting for authorisation. Once your authorisation is granted, you will be notified by an email from APHA and will be able to download your certificate of conditional authorisation from your Personal Training Dashboard.

Once authorised as a conditional ATT you will work under the direct and continuous supervision of your AVS until you have fulfilled all the testing requirements and completed your Practical Assessment. Please contact Improve International in good time to ensure there are no delays in arranging this. APHA require a further 5 working days after you have passed your Practical Assessment to award you your full ATT authorisation. During this time you may continue to test in the presence of your AVS.

When you have been awarded your full ATT authorisation you may test alone but under the direction of your AVS. You will be able to download your authorisation certificate from your Personal Training Dashboard.

Please see the Practical Training for ATTs page for more details.

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