Alpaca education and training

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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.

Many BAS members offer courses for people interested in alpacas and alpaca fibre. Click below to see what’s on offer in your area.

Suppliers and services

BAS training 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.

Course notes will be provided including a glossary of terms.

There will be a maximum of 12 people on the day.

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

This course will only run if there is a minimum of 6 people.

Regional groups are encouraged to arrange for this course to be held locally for the benefit of their members.

The next evaluation course: To be be confirmed
Venue: 

If you would like to book on this call please email secretary@bas-uk.com


Alpaca assessment (foundation): A two day course for BAS members on assessing alpaca conformation and fleece. 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: 
Venue: 

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

If you would like to book on this course please email secretary@bas-uk.com


 Alpaca assessment (advanced): This course builds on the alpaca assessment foundation course.

Dates: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018
Venue: To be confirmed
CostThe course costs £450. (BAS Members)

If you would like to book on this call please contact email secretary@bas-uk.com


 Intermediate Alpaca Assessment Course

(Previously known as the Foundation Course)


To be held on 6th & 7th March 2018 at Toft Alpacas, Warwickshire with Jay Holland and Tim Hey as the judge tutors.   Maximum 12 places which will be taken on a 'first come first served basis'.

This is 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 is applicable to all, as well as being a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the BAS judge training scheme.

THE COST
£ 360 + VAT (£432). Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days; please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements.
 
You can book your place through Manage your herd in the on line registry.

 

 


Advanced Alpaca Assessment Course

To be held on 6th & 7th October 2018 at Bozedown Alpacas, Berkshire with Liz Barlow and MaryJo Smith as the judge tutors.   Maximum 12 places which will be taken on a 'first come first served basis'.

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


THE COST
£ 450 + VAT (£540). Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days; please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements.
 

You can book your place through Manage your herd in the on line registry.

 

 


 

PRACTICAL ALPACA OWNERS AND BREEDERS AFFILIATE SCHEME & WORKSHOP
STOP PRESS – 2nd Person from the same farm at Half Price.
 
Several farms have asked about bringing a 2nd person to the workshop and BAS have listened to these comments and have agreed that a 2nd person from the same farm can attend the workshop for £ 75 +VAT. Please note it is individuals that will be BAS affiliates and therefore, each affiliate will need to have attended both days of the workshop to be eligible.
 
THE VENUE FOR THE WORKSHOP:
C S ALPACAS
YEAT WOOD FARM
WOOTTON UNDERWOOD
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
HP18 0RL
The Farm is approx. 1.5 miles from the A41 - North of Aylesbury and South of Bicester.
 
THE DATES FOR THE WORKSHOP
24th & 25th FEBRUARY 2018                                    
10am to 6 pm on Saturday + 9am to 4pm on Sunday
There will be chance to meet with other participants over supper on Saturday; this will be charged separately. It’s likely to be something simple - a hog roast, or Fish and Chips or Pizza!
 
THE COST
£ 150 + VAT (£180). Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days; please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements. STOP PRESS. For joint members/2ND Person from the same farm, the price for the 2nd person is £75 + VAT (£90).
 
WHAT AM I COMMITTING TO?
If you decide to attend the workshop this does not commit you to becoming an affiliate or buying the training materials.
Limited notes will be provided at the workshop in order to aid understanding and we will be asking for your feedback. The final training materials will then be prepared taking into account the feedback.  If you want to become an affiliate, you will then need to complete an application form and, if you are accepted, purchase the training materials.
 
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE WORKSHOP?
The purpose of the workshop is to enable affiliates to provide a consistent standard of basic training to potential and relatively new alpaca owners and breeders. The workshop will allow participants to:

  1. Experience the modules
  2. Learn about what is covered
  3. Suggest changes and improvements to the content of the modules

 
The workshop is NOT the same as the training that affiliates will deliver to participants in the future. At the workshop the participants will be split into groups of up to 10 people (depending on the numbers attending). Each group will see a run through of each module; this will involve demonstrating any necessary practical aspects included e.g. toe trimming, fitting a head collar but participants will not then carry out practise on the practical aspects during the workshop. 
There will be time at the end of each module for questions and feedback.
 
CAN ANYONE BECOME AN AFFILIATE?
No; you will need to have a level of knowledge of alpacas and have been an alpaca breeder for around 4 years. You will need to have owned sufficient alpacas to gain the necessary knowledge and experience.
You will need to agree to certain conditions; see the affiliate application form at the end of this document. There is no need to complete this form now; but you will need to:

  • Be a member of BAS
  • Attend the two day workshop
  • Complete the affiliate form and be approved
  • Purchase the training materials - the cost will be £ 150 + VAT (£180). They will be provided (in word and PowerPoint) on a data stick which will be posted to you. You can then use the materials for as many courses and modules as you wish for BAS Practical Training. These materials cannot be adapted, changed or used for Non BAS Practical Training.

 
I DO NOT LIVE IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES or NORTHERN ISLAND CAN I BECOME AN AFFILIATE?
If you live in Southern Ireland or other European countries, you will need to meet criteria above and in order to become an affiliate there will be an additional European affiliate agreement (including a charge) to cover the cost of a BAS representative watching your training, should it be necessary.
 
I CAN’T ATTEND THE WORKSHOP IN FEBRUARY 2018 BUT I’D STILL LIKE TO BE AN AFFLIATE.
At the moment we are only planning to run the workshop once this year; the date chosen was the one which the most people who expressed an interest said they can attend. If the scheme is successful, the workshop may be run again in in the future but it will depend on demand; we can offer no guarantees or promises.
 
I DIDN’T EXPRESS INTEREST OR SEND MY COMMENTS DURING THE CONSULATATION, CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, it’s not too late. Apply as described below or send any comments that you have to the e mail below.
 
I HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THE PROCESS
Please e mail educationcourses@bas-uk.com
We may provide individual answers but most likely we will send the answers out in a BAS news e mail.
 
 
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If you want to attend the workshop, go to “Manage your Herd” in the BAS members area and book and pay for the workshop.
 
More information, with details of local accommodation, the arrangements for the workshop and the “supper” on Saturday evening will be sent out in January 2018.
 
We will aid in arranging transport to/ from stations and airports for those who do not drive to the venue.
 
DRAFT AFFILIATE APPLICATION FOR INFORMATION – Do not complete now
DRAFT - BAS TRAINING AFFILIATE APPLICATION   
INDIVIDUALS NAME:…………………………………………………………………………………………
ON BEHALF OF: (Alpaca Farm name/Local Group name if appropriate)………….
INDIVIDUAL DETAILS

  1. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU OWNED ALPACAS
  2. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN BREEDING ALPACAS
  3. HOW MANY ALPACAS DO YOU OWN NOW?
  4. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ALPACAS THAT YOU HAVE OWNED AT ANY ONE TIME IN THE PAST?
  5. HAVE YOU ATTENDED ANY TRAINING RELATING TO ALPACA CARE AND MANAGEMENT FROM THE BAS OR OTHER ORGANISATIONS/PEOPLE? IF SO GIVE DETAILS:

COURSE TITLE AND BRIEF CONTENT         TRAINING PROVIDER             DATE/S
 

  1. DO YOU HAVE ANY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN DELIVERING TRAINING (on alpacas or other topics)?   Please give brief details
  2. WHY DO YOU WANT TO DELIVER THIS TRAINING?

 
For BAS Information – not part of the decision process

  1. Are you registered for VAT                                                                      YES                                    NO
  2. How much would you like to charge per person for

A half-day session (no lunch)                              £         
A one day session including lunch                    £ 
A two day session including lunch                    £
The BAS would like to recommend a minimum fee which INCLUDES VAT
 
In order to be a BAS Affiliate you must:

  1. Be a fully paid up member of the BAS
  2. Advise the BAS of all courses to be run using the BAS materials at least 6 weeks before, so that they can be advertised on the BAS website
  3. Send the names of all participants on any modules to the BAS, detailing the modules that they attended and a completed feedback form from the participant within 2 weeks of the modules taking place.  
  4. NOT use or reproduce the materials for courses other than the modules that they were intended.
  5. Allow a BAS representative to sit in on any courses using BAS materials
  6. Agree to your data being stored electronically by BAS

The BAS will send feedback forms to a % of participants 3 months after the training to assess the usefulness and to identify good practise/areas for improvement/further training needs. 
Signed by:                                                                                                               Date:
It is the responsibility of each Affiliate to ensure that the venue for the delivery of the modules is of the required standard. A check list is below.
THE FACILITIES:
Have an area that can be used for “classroom” session                                 YES                                           NO
Toilet/hand washing facilities                                                                                YES                                           NO
Barn/undercover area for hands on session                                                     YES                                           NO
Adequate Bio security                                                                                             YES                                           NO
Alpacas for hands on sessions                                                                              YES                                           NO
Have Public liability insurance                                                                              YES                                           NO
Able to provide refreshments?                                                                          Drinks                                         Lunch

 


 

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.

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. 

Showing

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.

Website

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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