SRUC Training Courses: BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Grassland and Forage Crops)

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The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Grassland and Forage Crops) is the nationally recognised qualification for agronomists, consultants, sales staff, growers and others giving advice on the use of pesticides on grassland and forage crops. It offers an alternative to the full BASIS agriculture course for those working primarily with grassland and cereals for forage.The SRUC BASIS course is delivered by BASIS-qualified instructors and by SRUC specialist consultants. It comprises lectures, practical sessions, field visits and online study.
The course is run in Edinburgh, Scotland over the winter period. It is supported by extensive online material.

What is Involved?

The course comprises:

Agronomy Grass and Forage Course
Agronomy Cereals Course
Safety & Legislation
Revision Day & Exams

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, previous experience is advisable. For those with little previous experience, it is advisable to take the BASIS Foundation in Agronomy course first.

Certification/Award on Completion

BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection

What you will need to bring

If you have a copy of the UK Pesticide Guide, please bring it with you.

Course Dates

Agronomy Grass and Forage Course: Tuesday 2 October 2018 – Thursday 4 October 2018
Introduction to grassland and forage crops. Biology and control of weeds, pests, diseases and disorders.

Agronomy Cereals Course: Monday 5 November 2018 – Tuesday 6 November 2018
Weed, pest and disease control in cereal crops

Safety Course: Monday 21 January 2019 – Friday 25 January 2019
This covers pesticide development and registration, formulation, application, resistance issues, active ingredients and legislation - environmental and safety aspects of pesticide use, ICM.

Revision Day and Exams: Wednesday 26 February 2019 – Thursday 27 February 2019 (provisional dates).
Tuesday 11 June 2019 – Wednesday 12 June 2019 (subject to demand).


1 × 2-days plus 2 × 5 day blocks plus revsion days, exams and crop walks.

Start/Finish Times

9am to 5pm approximately


The SRUC BASIS training for the BASIS FSTS Certificate in Crop Protection (Grassland and Forage Crops) course runs in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The course takes place at:

SRUC, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG.

This location is convenient for access from other parts of Scotland or from northern England with good access by rail, road and air. There is plenty of inexpensive bed and breakfast, guest house or hotel accommodation within walking distance of SRUC at King's Buildings. An accommodation list is available.


Full course including training, farm walks, revision & full exams - £1,320 + BASIS examination fee of £402 (total £1,722)

Ad hoc training days £120 per day.

Cost includes refreshments and lunch and the current BASIS exam fee, but excludes accommodation.


SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

Individual Training Accounts are now closed to new applicants and it's anticipated they will reopen in April 2019, subject to budget approval.

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
And because it's not a loan you don't have to pay it back.

Sounds good? Start searching for an ITA approved course and apply online.
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How do I book?

To book a place, please download the course booking form via the link below, complete and send to Moyra Farquhar via the details below.


All courses and exams are subject to minimum numbers attending.


Martin Richards

0131 535 4081

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