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

Accrediting Body



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 1 October 2019 – Thursday 3 October 2019
Introduction to grassland and forage crops. Biology and control of weeds, pests, diseases and disorders.

Agronomy Cereals Course: Monday 4 November 2019 – Tuesday 5 November 2019
Weed, pest and disease control in cereal crops

Safety Course: Monday 20 January 2020 – Friday 24 January 2020
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 25 February 2020 – Thursday 26 February 2020 (provisional dates).
Tuesday 9 June 2020 – Wednesday 10 June 2020 (subject to demand).


1 × 2-days plus 2 × 5 day blocks plus revision 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 as follows: Agronomy of Grass and Forage Course at SRUC Barony Campus, Dumfries, Agronomy Cereals, Safety Course, Revision and Exams in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The course takes place at:

SRUC Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries DG1 3NE, SRUC, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG. (See above)

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 £411 (total £1,731)

Ad hoc training days £120 per day.

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

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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