SRUC

Please contact Victoria Little or Ursula Galbraith for booking a course and for any questions.

Email for Barony courses: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk
Email for Ayr courses: ayrtraining@sruc.ac.uk
Telephone: 01387 860 251

If you are interested in any courses not listed below, please contact Victoria or Ursula and they will look into your request.

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders and Refresher Courses at Ayr and Dumfries

The full course and refresher will both be run on the following dates at SRUC campuses in the classroom rather than online. Full course £140. Refresher £70.

  • Auchincruive [Ayr] 18th January and 15th February
  • Barony [Dumfries] 25th January and 22nd February

To be a Personal Licence Holder in Scotland you must first take the SCPLH (Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders) This course gains you the qualification needed to apply for your personal licence in Scotland, which is essential if your role requires that you authorise alcohol sales, including designated premises managers, retail managers, restaurant and bar managers and any other persons that want to progress into these positions.

If interested then please ask whoever is taking the course to follow this link and fill in the details.   https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/IKVEPC/

 

Lambing

This course is designed for those who have limited experience with sheep and who would like to know more about 'lambing time'.

The training course is delivered by one of our qualified agriculture instructors. All participants are awarded a College Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course.

Duration: one day, 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost: £110

Available dates:

  • 24 February 2023
  • 25 February 2023
  • 4 March 2023
  • 5 March 2023

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Brushcutter and Trimmer Operation

This course is designed for anyone who operates a Brushcutter or Trimmer in the course of their employment. It covers the control of unwanted vegetation, ranging from grass and weeds to shrubs and small trees. It is delivered by one of our qualified staff and involves training and assessment. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: two days. 9am-4:30pm

Cost: £285

Available dates:

  • 01-02. December 2022
  • 6-7 March 2023

 

Chainsaw Crosscutting and Maintenance

This training course covers chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and stacking techniques tailored to your needs. It is delivered by qualified instructors and leads to Lantra Awards certification. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: two days. 9am-4:30pm

Cost: £305

Available dates:

  • 01-02 December 2022
  • 6-7 February 2023

 

Do It Yourself Artificial Insemination (DIY AI)

This four-day course is Semex certified and delivered using qualified veterinarians and trainers. By investing in DIY training and equipment, you can save between £600 and £800, based on 100 cows in the first year, over the cost of using a technician.

Duration: four days

Cost: £600

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Animal Transportation Short Journey

This assessment allows you to apply for a Certificate of Competence required for people involved in the movement of animals over 65km (40 miles) and less than eight hours in duration. The Certificate is endorsed against one or more categories (sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, goats...), and meets the EU Regulation and Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Order 2006.

The assessment takes place on a computer, and you are required to answer 27 multiple choice questions. The minimum satisfactory score to pass is 21 marks. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one hour. Flexible starting time.

Cost: £95

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

ATV (Quad Bike) – Sit-in and Sit-Astride

This ATV training course is designed for those who are required to ride a quad bike or an ATV as part of their regular duties. It is suitable for users in a range of industries and working environments such as agriculture, forestry, golf courses, leisure complexes, parks and gardens, outdoor shows, and events. The course can be delivered for either new or experienced operators. The new operator course is designed for people who have little or no experience of operating this type of equipment.

Duration: one or two days, depending on experience. 9am-4:30pm

Cost: one day £190, two days £310

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Rough Terrain Telescopic Lift Trucks

Rough terrain telescopic lift trucks provide greater ground clearance than standard lift trucks and are used on uneven ground, commonly within the land-based industry. They have a similar appearance and function to forklift trucks, but due to their upwards and forwards reach abilities they are much more versatile.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, to undertake experienced operator or refresher training you must be able to show formal training and certification or relevant experience.

Duration: between one and five days depending on experience. 9am-4:30pm

Cost: one day (refresher) £215, two days £370, three days £525, five days £840

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Pesticide Training

SRUC offers a range of pesticide training courses leading to City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence assessments for sprayer operators. These courses are relevant if you spray or store chemicals as part of your job role and are suitable across a wide range of land-based industries.

Our most popular courses are commonly referred to as PA1, PA6 and PA2.

PA1

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA1 (Foundation) test.

This course is the foundation module for pesticide application. To spray pesticide products, an individual must also hold an application module (such as a PA6 or PA2 qualification) in addition to the PA1. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day

Cost: £185

PA2

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA2 (Mounted Crop Sprayers) test. The course is aimed at those intending to apply pesticides or currently spraying pesticides using a tractor mounted boom sprayer or a weed wiper from an ATV.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA2.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day

Cost: £355

PA6

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping where spraying pesticide is required. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA6 (Handheld Applicators) test.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA6

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day

Cost: £285

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Small Trees up to 380mm

This course covers chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and stacking techniques, tailored to your needs. Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm covers the directional felling of trees using a chainsaw. The felling technique is appropriate to tree size, weight, condition, and species, as well as considering guide bar size and weather conditions. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: five days plus assessment. 9am-4:30pm

Cost: £925

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Emergency First Aid at Work

In this training and assessment course you will learn the key techniques to administer first aid. At the end of the course, you will receive a Lantra certificate of competence in Emergency First Aid at Work and a Skills Identity Card.

Duration: one day. 9am-4pm

Cost: £105

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

+F First Aid

Candidates can sit a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work +F if required. This builds on the Emergency First Aid at Work course by concentrating on the special skills which relate to forestry. Our course has been developed to comply with Forestry and Land Scotland Policy and in consultation with Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA).

Duration: one day. 9am-5pm

Cost: £105

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6

This qualification is aimed at anyone in Scotland who needs to apply for a Personal Licence to sell alcohol in Scotland. The qualification covers the syllabus set by the Scottish government and will ensure learners understand the law, regulation and responsibilities attached to the retail sale of alcohol.

Duration: one day, online delivery

For more information contact:

Gillian Dixon
Telephone: 01292 886 200
Email: ayrtraining@sruc.ac.uk

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires all personal licence holders to undertake refresher training within five years of them attaining their licence. All personal licence holders must attend a half day update course, sit, and pass an exam before the five-year anniversary of the attaining of the licence. They must also submit evidence that the training has been passed to the relevant licensing board within three months of the five-year anniversary.

Duration: one day, online delivery

For more information contact:

Gillian Dixon
Telephone: 01292 886 200
Email: ayrtraining@sruc.ac.uk

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

BIIAB Level 2 Award for Music Promoters

This qualification provides guidance and legal information for music promoters. It is perfect for current music promoters, anyone wanting to become a music promoter or licence holders who wish to become a live music venue.

Duration: one day, online delivery

For more information contact:

Bill Mackay
Telephone: 01292 525 213
Email: william.mackay@sruc.ac.uk

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

T-H-E (Tourism, Hospitality & Events) Business Skills Programme for Scotland

T-H-E qualifications aim to boost business profitability by providing practical business knowledge and management skills in areas such as leadership, web design, customer service, digital marketing, preparing financial reports, business law and more. They are tailored for the tourism, hospitality, and events sector in Scotland. These qualifications implement an inclusive, sustainable education and training program that can provide opportunities within the visitor economy and related industries.

The T-H-E Programme comprises of eight modules. Each module has 60 guided learning hours at SCQF Level 8. This includes online tutorials, self-directed study and presentations from entrepreneurs and established South of Scotland visitor economy industry specialists.

The programme has been designed to allow candidates to achieve all eight modules or access individual modules.

For more information contact:

Bill Mackay
Telephone: 01292 525 213
Email: william.mackay@sruc.ac.uk

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Spatial Mapping for Beginners: From App to GIS Map

This is a brand new, locally available course where beginners can learn how to create, collect, and map field survey data through freely available smartphone technology.

The course is aimed at ecologists (NGOs, consultants, researchers), landowners and land managers with limited/basic knowledge of GIS.

Through a combination of user-friendly smart phone apps and open-source mapping software (QGIS), participants learn how to gather, manipulate, and share spatial data. The course will demonstrate how smart phone apps can facilitate the collection of a range of spatial data, including habitat forest surveying and mapping protected species.

Participants learn how to design their own surveys from scratch, collect spatial data in the field and import data into QGIS. In Barony’s state of the art digital classroom attendees are shown how to manipulate the data in QGIS to create stylish maps for presentation purposes.

While no experience in GIS is required, attendees should be competent in the use of computers, including Windows operating systems, and they should understand the value of spatial mapping with respect to ecological surveying.

Spaces are limited to 12, so early booking is recommended.

Duration: two-day interactive course

Cost: £390

For course related information contact: duncan.robertson@sruc.ac.uk

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Level 5 FOLA – Developing the Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leader

This qualification helps you to become a ‘Developing Leader,’ who is confident participating in the leadership of groups of other learners in Forest School and outdoor activities. The course is based in woodland surrounding our Barony campus.

During this learning experience you will develop knowledge of the forest environment and its links to conservation and gain a basic understanding of working sustainably with it. You will learn a range of woodland-based practical skills and how to support others in participating imaginatively in the forest environment.

Recommended entry requirements: Literacy SCQF Level 4 or Level 5, or Forest and

Outdoor Learning Skills at Level 4

Duration: three days, 9:30am-5pm

Cost: £410

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

 

Level 8 FOLA – An outdoor learning leadership award that incorporates the Forest School Practitioner Award

The award at level 8 is a qualification designed to enable learners to independently lead Forest School and Outdoor Learning sessions. Learners will be secure in the knowledge and skills of being in the forest and the outdoors and will be confident to communicate these skills to others. The approach to learning is to focus on the person holistically within the forest and outdoor environment to their mutual benefit.

The course is based in woodland surrounding our Barony campus.

The course has a taught element run over the equivalent of ten days, with additional time required to complete assessments, documentation and the planning and delivery of a programme of six Forest School sessions. Learners should complete the full course within one year of completing the taught element.

To achieve this qualification, learners are also required to complete an Outdoor First Aid qualification, which is available through SRUC if required.

Duration: 12 months (with ten days of face-to-face delivery)

Cost: £1100.00

To book contact: baronytraining@sruc.ac.uk

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