Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


1. Upgrading AMPS software [AMPS 2009]
    Upgrading School AMPS or ESI software

Q. I trained and calibrated to use the AMPS some years ago and have an old version of the software. I would like to know how I can upgrade to the most recent version of the software and AMPS manual.

A. The most recent AMPS software is called OTAP [Occupational Therapy Assessment Package]. All the information about upgrading AMPS, ESI and School AMPS software can be found here:

The cost to upgrade your AMPS software [for 3 year licence] varies depending on which software version you have. Only OTAP software can be upgraded:
AMPS 2009 obsolete and no longer supported
AMPS 2005 obsolete and no longer supported
AMPS 2002 obsolete and no longer supported
AMPS v.3.0 obsolete and no longer supported

You can purchase the new OTAP software and most recent manual by going to the CIOTS online store at:

2. Upgrading outdated or obsolete AMPS software [AMPS v.3.0. AMPS 2002, AMPS 2005]

Q. I trained and calibrated using AMPS 2005 of the software. While I still use AMPS 2005 in clinical practice I would like to know how I can upgrade to the most recent version of the software and AMPS manual. Am I still able to use the same calibration code with the new software?

A. AMPS v.3.0, AMPS 2002, AMPS 2005 and AMPS 9 are all outdated (obsolete) software and no longer available. All the information about outdated software can be found here:

If you have AMPS v.3.0, AMPS 2002 or AMPS 2005 or AMPS 9 you have two options:

  1. You can retake a 5-day AMPS course and calibrate in the usual way (carry out 10 AMPS assessments after the course and submit them to CIOTS)
  2. You can take what is called an Independent Revalidation [self study] Option. You purchase the latest (OTAP) software and collect data on 10 people (clients and well people) and send these in for calibration. Once successfully calibrated you are sent a new licence key for your AMPS (OTAP) software and can generate AMPS reports again [you no longer require a calibration code]

Currently the cost is usually $540, payable in US dollars (£400 or more depending on the exchange rate) including current AMPS manual and the cost of calibration. Check the CIOTS website.
If there is more than one therapist, EACH will need to upgrade and calibrate separately, so that you each get a new license key. This is still considerably cheaper than taking a whole course again (currently around £850+). All the information of how to do this can be found here:

3. Moving computers and transfering AMPS/ESI software

Q: I use both AMPS and ESI. However my team is due to move offices soon and I will be using a different computer system. Could you send me guidance on how to remove the software from my current desktop and install on a different computer?

Q: IT want to reload all the software again on my computer, is there any special requirements for my AMPS (ESI) software?

A: Before the move happens, make sure you contact IT to do the following:

  1. Back up all your AMPS/ESI data to a safe location, onto a server or USB memory stick (get an encrypted one in readiness if you need to)
  2. Once you have backed up all your AMPS and ESI data then you can take that with you to your new location
  3. At your new location, get IT to load your OTAP software (only needed once for AMPS and ESI) onto your new computer
  4. When you open the software for the first time you will need to Register (add) yourself as a therapist again using a new OTAP licence key (available free from, once for OTAP and separate passcodes for AMPS and ESI
  5. Having added yourself/registered as a therapist you can then IMPORT your saved data (AMPS and ESI) from the saved location (server or USB)

The OTAP (AMPS, School AMPS and ESI) software was licensed to you, so you can download it onto as many computers as you want and take it with you when you move jobs

4. Lost AMPS/ESI passcode and calibration code

Q: I have been on maternity leave and since returning I can't find my AMPS pass-code or calibration code. I have got the software on my PC which can only be accessed with a password so it is secure. How do I go about finding my pass code and calibration code? 

A: You can access your OTAP (AMPS or ESI) pass code and personal information by logging onto the CIOTS website ( From the Home page, click on the CORe button and enter your username (usually your email) and the password you created on your training course (when you registered for your software). Once you have successfully logged in, go to "My Profile" where you can Retrieve AMPS Software Codes, and you can also change your Personal Information (change your email address etc)

5. OTAP software and Java version

Q: I am trying to download and install my new OTAP software following the training course, but my IT department are stating that the version of JAVA that the AMPS/ESI software needs will disrupt RiO. The version of JAVA we have for RiO is 6.0.27. Can you suggest a solution please? 

A: There is a specially designed OTAP software installation just for you! On the OTAP software download web page, follow the link for "users who are not able to install Java 7". If your IT administrator has questions, feel free to contact CIOTS direct: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

6.  Testing of AMPS software by IT

Q: Our IT department requires all software to be loaded and tested on a non-live PC to demonstrate that it does not interfere with existing systems. Is there a trial key or identity that can be used for testing only?

A: The AMPS software does not have trial keys (passcodes) for testing purposes. You may use the passcode of the occupational therapist who is asking you to install their software.

You may find some software documentation helpful, and there is an excellent tutorial which can be downloaded from the CIOTS website: (opens in a new window) and choose AMPS. From the AMPS website menu, click Software / Install Software. This page provides links for "Installation and User Instructions" and the "License Agreement". If you have any questions about installing AMPS 2005, please contact the AMPS Project International via their website.

 7. Writing a Global Baseline Statement for OTAP

Q: Please can you explain exactly what is expected when writing the baseline global statement when using AMPS reports from OTAP (2014) software. I understand I need to write a statement based on the rating for each of the four quality areas (effort, efficiency, safety, need for assistance), perhaps a written example would help us? 

A: For the AMPS: all the information that you need when writing a global baseline statement is in your AMPS manual (7th ed.), Vol.1 chapter 10 (which you covered on your AMPS course on Day 3). After having input the client's motor and process scores using OTAP software, you will need to write a baseline statement. More specifically, go to your AMPS manual Vol. 1, pp 10-12 to 10-13

You will see that Step 4 is how to write the global baseline statement (last 4 lines on p.10-13). These are based on the Quality of Performance (QoP) ratings that you gave the client for both tasks. An example might be:

  • When changing the sheets on the bed and making a pot of coffee, [client] showed evidence of moderately clumsy or physically effortful and moderately inefficient ADL task performance, she was safe but received occasional assistance to complete both tasks.

This global baseline will be reproduced on your graphic results report. You can of course write anything here that summarises the global performance that you observed. You can use and adapt this format according to the needs of the type of reports you need to write.

For the ESI: all the information you need is in your ESI manual (3rd ed.) p.143 Section 8.2.2, with examples in Fig 8-1 and Fig. 8-2.

 8. How do I score AMPS Quality of Performance rating scale for well people?

Q. Can I clarify when scoring well people how I rate their overall Quality of Performance (QoP). My calibration letter reported a mismatch between my AMPS motor and process scores and my QoP ratings i.e. high motor/process scores and low effort/efficiency ratings on QoP. If I have scored a few 2s (on motor or process) should I rate 3 on the overall QoP or is the QoP rating a 1 (or 2) in relation to whether the problem(s) reoccur and/or persisted?

A. Generally well people will have only questionable to maybe very mild increased effort/decreased efficiency because when rating QoP we are looking at the quality of the person's performance overall. On the course we teach you that, when observing clients (people with disabilities) if you have scored some 2s (on motor or process skills) then you are observing (and should be recording) decreased effort ratings (motor) and/or decreased efficiency ratings (process).

When we come to score well people, because the AMPS is criterion rated, we still see some clumsiness and inefficiencies somewhere (we all fumble or drop things or forget things or are disorganised in our work spaces etc), so even well people would be expected to get some 2s on some motor and/or process skill items. But... you have to decide, even with some 2s, did this person overall have increased clumsiness or did they just drop the spoon or fumble a slice of ham? Here we give the person 2 on each ineffective skill, but overall they did not have increased clumsiness (Effort rating = 1). Same on process: did this person delay closing the cupboard door and used two work spaces... so we scored them 2 on some individual process skill items, but overall there was no decreased efficiency. If it is a person with a disability some 2s probably do = increased effort/decreased efficiency. If it is a well person you will have to observe and decide about this overall quality of performance (maybe questionable would fit better but not always...).

9. How do I score Quality of Performance ratings?

Q: Why can't I enter a rating of 6=Inordinate into my software for the Quality of Performance rating scales?

A: The AMPS software does not allow a rating for Inordinate even though there is a rating of 6=Inordinate on all AMPS score forms and in Appendix B, Volume 2 of the AMPS manual.

Reading the rating criteria for 6=Inordinate, we find that a person "demonstrated an extreme degree of [insert physical effort, disorganization, risk for personal injury, or assistance]; was unable to enter into an ADL task performance".

If the person did not enter into the task performance, then the occupational therapist has no ADL motor or ADL process scores to enter into the software.

10. Selecting AMPS tasks

Q: I have heard that when selecting AMPS tasks the two tasks should be no more than 0.2 logits apart. I selected two tasks that were relevant to the client but 0.3 logits apart, does this make the assessment not valid? 

A: The most important criteria when selecting AMPS tasks is to use the Process Skill Hierarchy, select tasks that are meaningful and relevant to the client and provide sufficient challenge (so that ADL problems are observed). Tasks that are 0.3 logits apart, that the client wants and needs to do and provide sufficient challenge are valid tasks to choose. The further apart that tasks are on the process hierarchy, the more different in challenge they might be. Tasks grouped into the Average category will be of a similar challenge (0.2 logits apart) which is why it is suggested that tasks are selected from the same category

 11. Organising an AMPS course

Q: Can I organise an AMPS course for a small number of participants with only one AMPS faculty?

A: All AMPS course must have two Faculty to teach, it is a very intensive week with 40 hours of actual teaching, plus individual feedback to each participant on Thursday and Friday. Therefore it is not practical (or reasonable) to require this of one person all week. Normally most courses break even on 25 - 30 participants (depending on course fee and costs to the host site for venue etc). We will not run a course if there is insufficient numbers to cover your cost (to protect you - and us- from making a large loss). We normally confirm numbers 30 days before the course is due to run and if there are insufficient numbers we agree to cancel (or postpone) the course. Apart from advertising and marketing there should be no loss to you.

12. Clients with personality disorder

Q: I work in a Mental health unit and see a lot of clients with Personality Disorder (PD). Is the AMPS suitable to use with people with PD?

A: The AMPS is an evaluation of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) so as long as the people you work with have problems with ADL you can use the AMPS.