There are two types of pre-approved Residency programmes: standard and alternate.

Both standard and alternate residency programmes have identical requirements for training, including publications, presentation log, and activity log, should also be met for an alternate programme. The difference is that the alternate programme is approved for an individual whereas a standard programmes is conducted at an approved residency centre and residents recruited.

An alternate training programme has to be under the direct supervision of an ECVPT Diplomate. The proposed programme must be approved by the ECVPT Education & Residency Committee before training can be started.

The applicant is responsible for setting up an alternate programme. Alternate programmes are only approved for an individual and not for an institution.