Alpaca education and training


The British Alpaca Society is keen to promote education and training for its members and the general public in all aspects of alpaca ownership and management.

BAS Courses

Alpaca evaluation: A one day course on alpaca conformation and fibre. Covering:

  • Basic conformation including teeth, stature, genitalia, legs, gait and body scoring;
  • Fleece – how to recognise the different qualities and traits of fibre including weight and value, fineness, density, crimp, uniformity, length, colour, amplitude and frequency and an introduction to histograms.

You will have the opportunity to assess fleeces and discuss the merits of different qualities and styles.

There will be a maximum of 12 people on the day.This course will only run if there is a minimum of 6 people.

Cost: BAS Members  £ 65 + VAT Non Members £85 + VAT

The next evaluation course: To be be confirmed

Intermediate Alpaca assessment Course: (Previously known as the Foundation Course)

A two day course for BAS members on assessing alpaca conformation and fleece as well as being able to compare alpacas and learn the terminology needed to describe them. This course is a comprehensive package in basic alpaca assessment and applicable to all, as well as being a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the BAS judge training scheme.

Date: TBC
Cost:The course costs £360 + VAT (£432) or £460 + VAT (non-members). 

Advanced Alpaca assessment Course: 

This is a two day advanced course for BAS members and a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the BAS judge training scheme. Participants must have already completed the Intermediate Assessment previously known as the Foundation Course

Dates: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018
Venue: Bozedown Alpacas, Berkshire
Cost: £450+ VAT (£540). Bookings can be made via the 'Manage your herd' section of the online registry.
Tutors: Liz Barlow and Mary Jo Smith
Maximum: 12 places which will be taken on 'first come first served basis'

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days; please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements.

National Education Committee

The British Alpaca Society, through its regional representatives on the national Education Committee, provides members with education and courses.

World Alpaca Conference 2012

The BAS World Alpaca Conference committee organised a hugely successful alpaca conference at Keble College, Oxford, in March 2012. With over 17 countries represented and over 300 delegates and 11 speakers from UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, this was an invaluable exchange of alpaca experience and expertise.

Quarterly Alpaca Magazine

The BAS provides its membership with an informative quarterly magazine dealing with all aspects of alpaca ownership. The editorial content is applicable to the aspirant, beginner and established breeder within the UK and Europe. Click here for more information.

Judge training

The BAS, through its judge training, certification, annual calibration and triennial recertification programmes, qualifies and maintains certified BAS halter and fleece judges to a coordinated professional standard to work in the alpaca show rings in UK and Europe. Details of judge training in in the members section of the website.

Invited speakers

The BAS invites speakers with relevant expertise to the UK to enhance the judge training programme and to offer invaluable advice to members. Amanda Van Den Bosch from the USA has provided a course on suris for judges and members, Australian fleece expert Cameron Holt has led several courses for judges, and Brett Kayson from the USA led courses on verbal reasoning, form and function.

Regional groups

The BAS supports its regional group members to invite speakers and share expertise on all aspects relating to alpacas. 


The BAS, through its national Show Committee supports a programme of BAS accredited halter and fleece shows throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles. Not only do these shows provide a showcase and learning experience for the general public but they also play a major part in educating and informing alpaca breeders throughout the UK.

Promotional Materials

The BAS, through its Media and Marketing Committee makes printed educational and information resources available to its members and encourages the education and promotion of all aspects of alpaca ownership and management to the general public.


The BAS website provides the general public with an educational resource containing detailed information on the alpaca, the membership and the Society.

Become a member

Join the British Alpaca Society today and become part of our national network dedicated to all things alpaca. Membership offers knowledge, networking and support to help you protect your investment and work towards your own alpaca aspiration.

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