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  • How can I enrol for the CertAVP and how long is the enrolment period?

You need to enrol with both the RCVS and RVC. The maximum module enrolment period is up to 10 years, subject to payment of an annual renewal fee with RCVS.

  • How quickly do I have to finish the modules?

There is a 2 year time limit to complete a module.

To complete any outstanding assessment, re-enrolment on a module is permitted without penalty provided notice is given to the RVC CertAVP office before the 2 year enrolment expires. An option to extend the time limit to a third year in order to complete assessments is subject to the approval of the RVC CertAVP Examinations Board and will apply to special cases only.

  • So how many modules should I enrol on then?

As a guide, most candidates have enrolled on A-FAVP.1 and a B module first. Enrolling on more than three modules is not advised, however feel free to call for more advice: +44 (0)1707 666201. It is advised that you complete at least part or all of the 10 credit B Module before starting on any C Modules.

  • How much will it cost?

Please see the Fees page for costs and there are additional fees to be paid to the RCVS (annual enrolment fee and a fee to sit the final synoptic exam if you require a designated certificate). 

  • When can I enrol?

You can enrol at any time, however, when enrolling on C Modules, be aware that there is an annual assessment cycle, so enrol before the assessment cycle starts, and not mid way through.  Check the Module Outlines for the timetables.

  • Do I have to start with the A Module?

No, you don't have to start with the A Module. We highly recommend that you do the B Module before you attempt the C Modules. The A Module can be completed at any time. Note that standards are very high for the C Modules, so you may wish to enrol on the A Module before or at the same time as doing your B Module so that you can gain practice and experience of writing essays and reports.

  • When will I be assessed by the RVC?

Assessment dates vary per module so please look at the Module Outlines for assessment timetables.

  • Do I need to go on a course?

No, not necessarily. In order to obtain the CertAVP you do not have to attend courses. Each module will require about 100 hours of work (150 hours for Module A) in preparation for assessment, including completion of assessment tasks. Suitable learning resources may include journals and textbooks, conferences, online discussion forums and CPD courses offered by the RVC and other CPD providers.

The RVC is offering all CertAVP candidates a 20% discount on all RVC CPD courses (except online lectures).  Please see the CPD section for information on courses - CPD

  • Can I do the CertAVP if I am living outside of the UK or cannot easily get to the RVC campus?

Yes, the CertAVP is perfect for distance learning as the majority of work is submitted by email. Only a few of the C Modules require you to sit an exam at the RVC.  In exceptional circumstances, we can arrange for exams to be sat overseas.

  • When can I start collecting cases for my C Module case reports?

You can start collecting cases from 12 months prior to your CertAVP enrolment date with the RVC or the RCVS.


For answers to any other questions, please email certavp@rvc.ac.uk or ring 01707 666201