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Revalidation certification exercises

For most revalidation courses, you are required to upload a number of examples that show your understanding of the work you are undertaking. These take the form of certification/scenario exercises.

Click on the links in the table on the right to read more about the individual revalidation courses.

Certification exercises

Certification exercises (for the export courses) and scenario exercises (for OCQ(V) - SSr and OCQ(V) - TTr) will be provided in the courses, along with instructions on how to complete these. The exercises will give specific examples or outline certain scenarios related to the qualification that you are undertaking, which you will be required to respond to in order to prove your knowledge and understanding of the area.

Completed exercises must be uploaded to the 'Certification exercises' or ‘Case logs/scenarios’ section of your Personal Training Dashboard.

Internal Verification

There is a process of Internal Verification (IV), during which ISVPS will sample 10% of certification exercises within one month of completion of all revalidation requirements. If your certification exercises are in the sample chosen and do not meet the required standard, you will be contacted by ISVPS and offered an opportunity to update them to a satisfactory condition. If they are updated satisfactorily within one month, then no further action will be required. However, if they are not updated satisfactorily within the required time, this will be reported to APHA, who will review your case and may suspend or revoke your OV status. Please note – the ultimate jurisdiction lies with APHA.

Revalidation course Number of scenario/certification exercises required to revalidate this OCQ(V)
ESr (Essential Skills revalidation)* None
EXr (Exports General revalidation)* None unless this is the only export qualification held
CAr (Companion Animals revalidation) Three
AXr (Avian Exports revalidation) Three
EQr (Equine Exports revalidation) Three
FAr (Farm Animal Exports revalidation) Three
GXr (Germinal Products Exports revalidation) Three
PXr (Product Exports revalidation) Three
SSr (Statutory Surveillance revalidation) Three
SXr (Small Animal Exports revalidation) Three
TTr (Tuberculin Testing revalidation) Three minimum
UXr (Ungulate Exports revalidation) Three

* There is no longer a requirement to revalidate ES and EX as separate courses (except when ES or ES/EX are the only qualifications held). Instead, the revalidation of these qualifications is now included in the revalidation courses for which they are prerequisites.


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