Alpaca Education

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. The society offers two types of training:

  1. BAS Affiliate modules that cover items such as alpaca handling and welfare. Details of courses currently on offer are detailed below.
  2. BAS Breeder and Judge training. These items are restricted to BAS members only and details can be found in the Members Area.

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

BAS Training Courses

Introduction to Alpaca Assessment

A one day course on alpaca conformation and fibre.

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.

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

The next evaluation course:  TBC

Cost Face to Face: BAS Members £ 85 + VAT Non Members £105 + VAT – for face to face

Cost by Zoom: BAS Members £ 50 + VAT Non Members £70 + VAT –


Intermediate Alpaca Assessment

Intermediate Alpaca Assessment (was Foundation): A three day course for BAS members, non members or overseas guests 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: 28 Feb, 1 and 2 March 2025
Venue: Beck Brow, Cumbria

For full details click here
Cost: The course costs £395 + VAT (BAS members) or £495 + VAT (non-members).

Advanced Alpaca Assessment

This course builds on the intermediate alpaca assessment  course.

Follow this link for more details

Date: 16/17 November 2024
Venue: CS Alpacas
Cost: The course costs £450 (BAS members)

Training offered by Affiliates

BAS Affiliate Courses* 

Courses offered by BAS Affiliate Trainers are from the set of 9 approved by the Society:

Module 1:  Feeding and basic management
Module 2:   Vaccination, Supplements, Illness and Ailments
Module 3:   Handling Alpacas

3a) Herding and catching

3b) Fitting a head collar

3c) Basic Halter Training

Module 4:   The Alpaca – What to look for
Module 5:   Understanding shearing day
Module 6:   Fleece – what to do with it
Module 7:   Breeding and mating
Module 8:   Birthing
Module 9:   Marketing your alpaca business

*(This course was revised and updated in October 2022 and was formerly 11 modules. The content remains the same)


Upcoming Courses

There are affiliates all over the country to find someone near you click here

Further contact details are available here – names,  emails, and telephone numbers.

Apply directly to the breeder concerned.

27 July 2024

Date/TimeSunday 27th July 10:00 – 16:30
County (Postcode)North Somerset (BS21 6RA)
TitleIntroduction to Alpacas – Husbandry & Handling
ContactAlpaca Walking – Visit Our Farm – Cadbury Alpacas

7 September 2024

Date/TimeSaturday 14th Sept 10:00 – 16:30
County (Postcode)North Somerset (BS21 6RA)
TitleIntroduction to Alpacas – Husbandry & Handling
ContactAlpaca Walking – Visit Our Farm – Cadbury Alpacas

29 September 2024

Date/TimeSunday 29th September
County (Postcode)Monmouthshire  (NP16 6NS)
Title1-3 Introduction to Alpacas: Husbandry, Health & Handling

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