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Eligibility criteria for S22 Approval and how to become Section 22 Certified

To be eligible for S22 approval you must be a registered medical practitioner who is either:

  • a member or fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or
  • have a minimum of 4 years’ whole-time equivalent experience of working in psychiatric services as a medical practitioner.

To complete your training under the Mental Health Act 2003 follow these instructions - Please note both parts MUST be completed:


Step 1 – Part 1

The first step is to register on TURAS Learn.  You can then access the AMP Part One online training module via TURAS Learn.  

The module will take you through materials and then ask you to complete the assessment. You must get 100% on the assessment but you may have as many attempts as needed.  The expected time to complete the module is 3 hours.

Once you have successfully completed Part One, you can download your certificate from TURAS Learn.


This Part 1 module must be completed prior to completing the Part 2 face-to-face training and must be completed at least 10 days prior to the date of the Part 2 course.  Failure to complete the module by this deadline may lead to your booking being cancelled.

The Part 1 module must also be completed within 12 months of attending the Part 2 face-to-face training.  If you fail to complete Part 2 within 12 months of completing the online module then your certificate will be invalid and you will be asked to complete the module again before being allowed to attend the face-to-face module.


Step 2 – Part 2 (Training Day)

In order to be Section 22 certified you must attend the new AMP Part 2 Training following completion of the Part 1 module.  Certificates of training will only be issued if you have attended the full day's event (it is not permissible to leave early).



Booking a place on a Part 2 training course can be completed through the Portal.  You will need to register with the Portal to be able to book a place on this course.  Please note that some smartphone browsers may have issues with viewing the booking platform.


The cost of attending Part 2 training is £250.

If you have not completed the Part 1 module at least two weeks prior to the Part 2 course then you will be removed from the course and will lose your place.


IMPORTANT NOTE: In light of the current COVID19 pandemic, and to maintain the continuity of AMP services across the country, NES have announced plans to develop a virtual Part 2 AMP training option.  Whilst the introduction of this resource is acknowledged as a priority, it will take time to ensure NES has the technical capability to deliver the training and that the materials and facilitation of these sessions, is delivered to the highest quality required.  NES will endeavour to develop digital Part 2 training in a timely fashion but at present we do not know exactly when this will be.  Further updates will be provided once available


Cancellations and Refunds: Please note that full automated refund can be generated from the Portal for cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the course.  Within 4 weeks of the course date, refunds may be given in exceptional circumstances only or your place may be transferred to another course if there is availability.  Please note that if you have previously cancelled a course within 4 weeks of the original course date and are reallocated a place on another course by the FDA Team, which you then cancel, no refund will normally be offered.


Part 2 training will take place on the following dates: 


  Date    Time   Venue  

  Friday 24th April, 2020

  09:00 - 17:00   Glasgow - 2 CQ     CANCELLED

  Friday 26th June, 2020

  09:00 - 17:00   Edinburgh - Westport     CANCELLED



Any enquiries about the availability of AMP training courses should be addressed to AMPTraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk   

Please note: We request that anyone attending these courses not be on call and ensure mobile phones & devices are switched off for the duration of the course


Step 3 – Contact your local Medical Manager & register with your local Health Board

Completion of training does not mean you are automatically approved under the Act.  You still need to show your two certificates to your local Medical Manager and ensure that they have registered you with the local Health Board.

AMPs may require to be approved in multiple Board areas if they wish to be able to act as an AMP in more than one area - this includes acting as a locum AMP in another Board area.  Where AMPs move to practise in another area, they must be newly approved and listed as an AMP by the Health Board for that area in advance of being able to act as an AMP for that area, however do not need to undertake additional training.

This page was last updated on: 14.05.2020 at 13.54