In November 2008, the founding members decided at a joint meeting in Agen, France to create a European network of Penitentiary Training Academies called EPTA.
At a meeting in Rome, Italy, in June 2009 the founding members drafted a joint declaration and accession protocol reflecting the common values of the members of this new network.
Finally, in April 2010, the founding members signed the EPTA declaration and protocol.
The 11 founding members were from:
Andorra France Spain
Belgium Italy Switzerland
Catalonia Norway Sweden
In the years after 2010 more Staff Training Academies joined the EPTA network. These were from:
- Czech Republic (2016)
- Bavaria, Germany (2014)
- Ireland (2011)
- Northern Ireland
- Ukraine (2017)