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. Regional representatives form the National Education Committee which oversees education and courses. Under the Affiliate Scheme, those qualified will be offering specific BAS course modules. Details will be posted below. For a list of Affiliates by herd name, click here. For a list of Affiliates by county, click here.

BAS Courses

Breeder’s Practical Alpaca Assessment

This course runs over 1¾ days and includes both theory and practical work with live alpacas. It is ideal for those wanting a refresher on fleece and conformation or who have not attended other BAS courses. After successful completion of this course, participants can progress to the BAS Advanced Alpaca Assessment.

Content: To gain an understanding of the basic principles and processes involved in reaching an informed and objective assessment of suri and huacaya alpacas. To gain the ability to assess objectively the conformation and fleece of suri and huacaya alpacas and to make informed decisions regarding their relative merits.

Dates: To be confirmed – September, October or November 2018.

Venue: To be confirmed – Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area.

Cost: BAS affiliates (including those with conditional status) £190 + VAT. BAS members (not part of the affiliate scheme) £230 + VAT. Includes refreshments and handouts. This is a special one-off price to support the affiliate scheme.

How to Apply: Please email the BAS Secretary ( with your name. Applications are invited from those not involved in the affiliate scheme as there may be spaces.

Closing Date: 13 July 2018 to enable the date and location to be confirmed.

Delivering Training Workshop

This one-day course is designed to give advice and guidance to those preparing to deliver training courses. It will include the practicalities involved from preparation to activities on the day and following the course. It will be aimed at practical training including using alpacas.

Dates: 8th or 29th September 2018 (to be confirmed).

Venue: Likely to be village hall near to the M4 or M1 corridor based on the location of those wishing to attend.

Cost: £95 + VAT including refreshments and handouts.

How To Apply: Please email the BAS Secretary ( with your name, town location stating the date(s) you are able to attend.

Closing Date: 13 July 2018 to enable the date and location to be confirmed. 

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 requires a minimum of 6 people to run.

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 learning how to compare alpacas and 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; members) or £460 + VAT (£552; 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.

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. 

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 is in the members section of the website.

Regional Groups

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


Through its National Show Committee, the Society 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 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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