The AFTP offers the opportunity for its modules to be taken as CPD (Continuing Professional Development). This is a useful mechanism for individuals looking to improve their skills or knowledge without undergoing assessment. Whilst this does not entitle participants to academic credit, they are able to gain CPD points for professional membership organisations including IFST and BASIS. Some modules are designed specifically as CPD training, while many other modules carrying credit can be taken as CPD on request, in which case the participant will not undertake assessments or be awarded credit.
If, at a later point in your studies you wish to pursue one of the qualifications offered by the AFTP, individual institutions offer facilities for converting CPD courses into credit. These differ between institutions, and it is recommended that you contact the administrative staff at your registered university to explore these options. Overall, however, it is useful to remember that if you have chosen to undertake CPD modules it is most advantageous to take the assessment at the time of the course, if you are considering converting these to a degree at a later stage. This has been the case with many of our former and current participants.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
In addition to converting CPD training, UK universities also offer the chance to have previous training taken at higher education establishments transferred into credit for AFTP courses. This training needs to have been carried out at a recognised institution, and is required to be on topics that directly relate to the areas covered by the AFTP’s training remit (i.e. those in the field of agrifood, broadly construed). In some cases it is also possible to have work related training and experience recognised towards a degree entrance requirement. If you feel you have previous training that can be counted towards a degree at an AFTP institution, you should contact the administrative staff at your registered university to discuss the options open to you.