BASIS Certificate (Arable)

Cost: £1,850 (includes tuition & exam fee)
Dates (2015/16):

November 18th, 19th & 20th
December 16th, 17th & 18th
January 27th, 28th & 29th
March 2nd, 3rd & 4th
April 20th, 21st & 22nd
May 25th, 26th & 27th


June 6th & 7th


This course covers all aspects of crop protection decision making, including field use, storage, application and environmental impact, to equip students with the competence levels required to gain the BASIS Certificate. The course is popular with advisors, agronomists, farmers and farm managers looking to further their understanding of crop agronomy.

The course is delivered in eighteen days which are organised into seven blocks, spread over six months, plus two days for the final examination. There are normally three to four weeks between each block. Delivery is through participatory lectures, group exercises, practicals and visits.

The course is assessed by means of a one hour multi-choice examination, an identification test, a written project and a field-based oral exam.

The subject areas covered will include the following:

  • Recognition and biology of weeds, pests, pathogens and disorders
  • Classification and mode of action of pesticides and biological control agents
  • Application, transport and storage of pesticides
  • Integrated crop protection strategies in the major arable crops

The qualification awarded by BASIS (Registration) Ltd. is a legal requirement for those engaged in selling pesticides, or advising on their use. Successful candidates will be awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy.

For further information please contact:

Simon Goodger
Tel: 01522 835295

Jill Duarte
Tel: 01522 835428

Further Information about the Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture

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