Supporting Development of Education for MSK Practitioners
The RAMP has been developed as a response to DEFRA’s concerns that the Musculoskeletal Therapy Sector, as a relatively young industry, contains multiple competing disciplines that cause confusion for animal owners and vets alike, potentially compromising animal welfare.
Lack of clarity of Educational pathways were identified within the discussions and the Educational Standards of Animal Therapists Criteria was developed that provided Day one competencies equivalent to those of their human counterparts in the three Professions registered by RAMP.
The large number of enquiries that RAMP has received from prospective students demonstrates that there this is confusion within this group of potential Therapists.
RAMP Educational Providers:
Complete an annual Renewal form declaring the registered course has not changed and continues to offer the same standard as first reviewed.
Pay the relevant annual Renewal Fee.
Notify RAMP of any changes you make to the registered course.
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Accredited Educational Providers (AEP) status awarded to educational establishments whose courses have been scrutinised and reviewed by RAMP and wholly and fully fulfil RAMP’s educational criteria, allowing graduates to apply for the RAMP Register with absolute ease. Alumni of such courses need only provide evidence of their final grade and certification for the educational element of their RAMP application albeit all other requirements e.g. proof of insurance and CPD requirements remain unaffected.
The following criteria apply to attain AEP status:
RAMP Recognised Educational Provider (REP) status is awarded to educational providers that demonstrate, a commitment to provide quality MSK animal education in one of the core disciplines. Recognised Providers have verification of the academic level of their course from an awarding University, College, or Recognised Awarding Organisation, however, fall short of some of the criteria to fulfil AEP status, hence the two types of awards are available. This means that the REP courses advertised on the RAMP website may be used toward the overall criteria of RAMP registration.
We understand that there is a demand for compatible courses and for upgrade routes for those practitioners unable to meet the AEP criteria in one effort. We have created a Pathway Route Application to support this and strive to ensure prospective students can access information about good quality education they can combine to fully meet RAMP entry criteria.
Therefore, we have created a second category for educational institutes offering appropriate taught content in line with RAMP’s educational criteria.
The only stipulation is that the course must have a verified level of training by an awarding University, College or Recognised Awarding Organisation and core education must fall within the discipline of Osteopathy, Physiotherapy or Chiropractic for animals. RAMP invite any institution that can meet this stipulation to apply for REP status regardless of hours, credits or level of training offered.
Applicants that reach the full criteria with a combination of REP courses enjoy the ease of automatic application to RAMP. Those that chose the pathway route may use a REP course as part of that application with minimal evidence submission for that part of their application.
REP Educational Providers courses must be reassessed by the RAMP Education Department if more than 25% of their course has changed within the 12-month period.
All Educational Providers must renew annually, declare that the registered course has not changed and continues to offer the same standard as first reviewed.