Cephalopod Biology and Care

FELASA accredited course on cephalopods as laboratory animals
(FELASA 062/18F)
in compliance with Directive 2010/63 functions: A, C, D

 for increase of animal welfare


CBC 2022 – February 14th  – March 11, 2022





CBC: Modules



last update March 08, 2022


Final Assessment

Results of the CBC2022 Trainees’ Examination
will be published after final assessment

Course Description

CBC Course Program is designed to provide full training including, lectures, case study/problem-based learning (PBL), student’s presentations, seminars/tutorials, practical training, etc.

The original scheme includes 40-hours training adopted in case of face-to-face sessions. Because of online live training scheme we adopt to manage with the pandemics require more time, to facilitate interaction and training outcomes. In particular, three (3) weeks of training is expected of about 3-3.5 hours per day sessions.

CBC Training Program is designed around the “Working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU”, and includes:
Core Modules:
Function Specific (Prerequisite) Modules:

  • Function A: “carrying out procedures on animals”
  • Function C: “person taking care of animals”
  • Function D: “person killing animals”

The full list of Modules and Learning Outcomes included in the course is available here.
Cephalopod Biology and Care Course is based on in depth cephalopod species-specific training, encompassing information useful to scientists, students, post-docs qualified veterinarians, technicians and people required to handle cephalopods including capture from the wild, especially in light of the Directive and its transposition in Member States. The recommendations and training we provide is based on EU-Directive 2010/63 standards, but is applicable everywhere in any non-EU countries. The course covers also non-invasive or minimally invasive approaches as applied to cephalopods, and management and assessment of Cephalopod Welfare including establishment and monitoring of their physiological and behavioural needs.

Trainees of the CBC Training Program courses have to pass an individual assessment; this will allow to receive a CBC FELASA certificate (and appropriate additional certifications).

The individual assessment is based on learning outcomes in compliance with the above mentioned requirements. Students that not pass the final examination session will be allowed to attend an Exam Retake session organized no later than two months from the end of the course.

How CBC2022 will run: 

  1. Teaching is delivered on-line, assuring virtual simultaneous presence of the Member of the Faculty, and at least a Tutor of the CBC Core Team and the Trainees.
  2. Each lecture/session in our program will be delivered into 1-3 consecutive days, depending on the original duration, and specific Q&A and summary sessions are added during the entire training program.
  3. Virtual teaching experience is adopted including White/Black-Board platforms to facilitate interaction, guidance and Q&A.
  4. IT-Tools are adopted to warrant adequate levels of individual attention, participation and interaction.
  5. Training material (i.e. presentations delivered and readings) will be available through the CBC SharePoint.

We expect training will last at least 3 weeks, instead of the usual about 4 days.

At the end of the ‘theory’ phase, Trainees will be assessed preliminary with online examination.

Practical Training (Demo and Hands-on) and OSPE assessment for practical skills (based on LOs) will be carried out in physical presence (face-to-face); due to COVID-19 pandemics this will be arranged to warrant social distance and all required precautions.

Course PLAN:

Phase 1: Theory – include seminars and group work

Phase 2: Preliminary Assessment

Phase 3: Practical Training

Phase 4: Final Assessment and Exams

Registration & Fees

The official registration to the CBC2022 FELASA A/B/C course is now open!


Registration is on first-come, first-served basis.
A maximum of 25 trainees maybe accommodated!

There are two registration fees: one for people that want to provide lodging on their own, and one including course registration, lodging and all lunches.

The course registration fee includes:

• course material
• access to the CBC SharePoint including teaching material delivered for one year after the end of the course
• coffee breaks during the practical training sessions
• FELASA certificate (for those that pass after examination)
• One year CPD (continuous professional development, advice – after the certification)

FULL REGISTRATION course fee: Euro 1300.00
The full registration fee includes:

• course material
• access to the CBC sharepoint including teaching material delivered for one year after the end of the course
• all lunches and coffee breaks during the practical training session
• a farewell dinner (at the end of the practical training session)
• FELASA certificate (for those that pass after examination)
• One year CPD (continuous professional development, advice – after the certification)
• accommodation: 4-star and/or 3-star hotel double room accommodation (sharing)
• breakfast from Monday to Friday (practical session phase)

People that want to have independent, single accommodation should add 160 euro.

Registration fee is due within 12 days after confirmation of registration, as indicated in the confirmation email!

Payment Policy

All payments are in EUR. The registration system will take your data in respect to the privacy and the most advanced data-encryption method to secure your data. After processing your registration you will receive a link according to the payment method selected during registration. The link will be valid for 48 hours only! If payment will be not completed as expected, your registration will not be finalized and Local Organizers will contact you as follow-up.

We accept credit cards and payment through bank transfers.

After your payment is verified your registration is finalized.

The confirmation of payment of the registration fee is the sole method to assure confirmation of registration. This will allow accessing Students’ SharePoint and the preliminary training required to fulfil the Training & Education Criteria required by this course.

A receipt as proof of payment of the Registration Fee will be issued according to fiscal rules valid in EU and Italy. In the case of need of a VAT invoice this will be issued accordingly.

Bank charges and any additional fee related with the payment are at own expense.
We do not accept payments by check, at dates not agreed and/or at the Venue.

Cancellation Policy

Partial refund of the Registration Fee will be provided in case of cancelling. CephRes Finance Dept will evaluate case-by-case. A 300 euro secretarial costs will be deduced from the costs of registration, as cancellation fee. There will be no refund for no-show.

For people cancelling and that selected the Full Registration additional 100 Euro will be added to the above cancellation fee as compensation for the first day accommodation, including taxes.
The cancellation fee will be invoiced.

Financial Support

No financial support will be provided.

However, based on a specific request the CBC CO Team & CephRes will evaluate waivers based on established criteria.

Final Assessment

At the end of the Course each Trainee has to pass an individual assessment of the learning outcomes (final examination).
The assessment takes place on the last afternoon (or morning) of the course, depending on the schedule. This is a formal assessment so will be conducted under exam conditions.

The assessment will comprise a written paper lasting 90 mins, plus a practical skills‐based assessment. The written assessment consists of two types of questions (Single best answer, SBA; Short answer questions, SAQ).

For the Practical assessment, Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) assessment will be applied.

Pass criteria
a) The Trainee is expected to attend all formal training sessions.
b) The Trainers may assess participation/engagement, and the Course Program encourages each student to participate and share knowledge and experience with other course participants.
c) Trainee must obtain 70% on the written assessments (SBA [60marks] and SAQ [30marks]; 63/90 to pass this component). This pass mark is based on recommendations in the Directive training document and reflects the essentially core nature of the majority of material covered in this course.
d) For the practical/skills task, each Trainee is awarded 10 marks is pass-criteria and 0 marks if not.
e) Among questions asked during the written exam (and during the OSPE) there are some critical ones and that despite the final marks, a Trainee maybe considered not to pass if failing in more than two(2) of the ‘critical’ questions.

To pass the course each student must pass both the written (SBA+SAQ) and practical (OSPE) elements.
During examinations, each Trainee is asked to do his/her own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examination, nor compare papers, copy from others, collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behaviour during the examination will result in failure of the exam and may lead to failure of the course.
Final Mark is provided in the form of overall mark for SBA+SAQ as a percentage indicating pass/fail (pass mark 70%) for the written paper overall. Weaknesses in any specific module will be noted.

Examination Retake Procedure
Students who fail are asked for ʺretaking the assessmentʺ. If they accept the following procedure is applied. After accepting to retake the assessment, students are allowed one month to study the reading and teaching material provided through the CBC Sharepoint. The ‘exam retake’ consists in an online examination followed by a short interview, with an expected duration of about 75 minutes. The session is recorded (both audio and video, for future records and to provide documents for subsequent evaluation). During the interview the student is asked to donʹt have access to any other support apart from a stable/reliable Internet connection, and a web‐cam that will allow the Examination Committee (at least two members of the CBC Faculty) to interview the student in person.
Students are assisted for any possible misunderstanding due to language comprehension.
As for the original session, the pass criterion is fixed to 70%.
The interview is carried out in English.


As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, CephRes and the CBC Training Program Core Team decided to continue its commitment in Training and Education of the Scientific Community and adopting a virtual training experience. This is aimed to limit moving people around countries, and any possible difficulties may emerge considering the different nationalities involved. Care for All Trainees and Trainers is our foremost priority.

The CBC2022 FELASA accredited Course aims to meet your needs and expectations in this challenging time and will offer the same cutting edge scientific and specialist training program including lectures, seminars, interactive experience, Questions&Answers as planned originally.

Accessible from all over the world to registered Trainees, CBC Training represents an exciting valid alternative to the regular ‘physical’ face-to-face training format. Professionally implemented online, we will adopt the cutting-edge web-based technology to facilitate your training and promote interaction between Trainees and the Faculty (CephRes adopted CISCO Webex Suite and BlackBoard Collaborate, for improving continuing support and training experience).

Practical hands-on sessions and final assessment (OSPE) is scheduled to occur “in person”

(date to be announced after the first week of the course start).

Cephalopod Biology and Care (CBC) - FELASA 062/18F

Last update, January 27th 2022