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BASIS Registration Ltd offer a wide range of training courses of relevance to the agricultural, amenity, fertiliser and environmental industries.

Soil & Water Management Certificate


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Other Relevant Courses

  • BASIS Diploma in Agronomy
  • Plant Protection Award
  • BETA/Conservation Management
  • Crop Protection Certificate
  • Advanced Module / Advanced Nutrition Management Planning Module
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This course focuses on the management of soil and water, two essential components for advisers in modern agriculture. The management of these two vital resources is at the centre of farming activity. Both elements are under pressure from modern living and current farming practice.

The development of roads, houses and other buildings has encroached on the countryside putting pressure on water / drainage management to reduce flooding risk. The creation of larger fields over the last 50 years has also changed drainage patterns and in some cases filling in ditches and hedge removal have taken away natural borders to areas previously contoured to minimize erosion or recognise soil type changes. All these issues make the careful and considered use of the two vital resources of soil and water, a most important element of on-farm agronomy advice.

 As the agricultural industry moves to a more environmentally conscious approach, the focus of advice is changing and the “food at all costs” type of management will not be, in the current way of thinking, the way for the future.

Who is this course for?

To formally position the wide range of knowledge needed by modern agronomists, BASIS has structured the attainment of the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy, with key components already in every-day use as qualification modules, leading to the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. The Soil and Water Management Certificate is now positioned alongside two new modules (BETA and Plant Protection Award) as part of the new BASIS Diploma in Agronomy.

The primary content of the Soil & Water Management Certificate is concentrated on: soil and air protection; cultivation techniques and systems; erosion risks; soil water, drainage and irrigation; plant nutrient and fertiliser planning; the use of bulky organic materials to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution.

Course contents

  • Soil and Air Protection
  • Cultivation techniques and systems
  • Soil water, drainage and irrigation
  • Plant nutrients and fertiliser planning
  • The use of bulky organic materials to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution

Entry Requirements

  • The FACTS qualification is a requirement for successful completion of the BASIS Diploma and strongly recommended for those wishing to train for the Soil and Water Management certificate

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BASIS Quality of Soils – Level 6


Building on the success of existing BASIS modules, the ‘Quality of soils’ module aims to give farmers, growers and advisers further insight into how to make farming and production systems more resilient through an increased understanding of how soil functions as an ‘ecosystem’. One which can function optimally to produce food, fibre and biofuels.

This course will enable farmers, growers and advisers to understand the relationship between the physical structure, biology and the chemical processes that contribute to a healthy soil. It will demonstrate the interrelationships between these aspects of soil and how it is a dynamic and subtly changing ecosystem which can be influenced, both positively and negatively, by farming practices.

Indeed, land managers who focus more on soil structure, monitoring, maintaining and enhancing organic matter, integrating cover crops and green manures, using compost and farmyard manure and altering grazing strategies (for example) are recognising that the benefits can be seen fairly rapidly

Course contents

  • Introduction to soil
  • The Physical, mechanical and morphological properties of soil. Water and air in soil    
  •  Chemical properties of soil  
  • Soil organic matter. Carbon cycle
  • Soil microbiota. Rhizosphere. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles 
  • Soil mesobiota and macrobiota
  • Soil, a non-renewable resource. Major threats to soil in the UK. Soil Health remediation practices. Soil testing methods


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BETA Conservation Management


That will depend on the trainer / training provider, the chosen course and on the candidate’s previous experience to date. Courses can run for a minimum of 4 days.

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Currently the majority of the environmental advice of farm is provided by BASIS qualified agronomists that successfully passed their training and examination of the following modules “BASIS BETA - Biodiversity and Environmental Training for Advisers” and “BASIS Conservation Management”.

Due to the fact that there is substantial crossover between the 2 modules it was decided to merge them and create a new course that will deliver a complete and up to date content on Conservation and Environmental issues across the UK and across sectors (Farming environment and Natural environment). In order to meet the requirement of both sectors, the training was structured in 3 units: a core module that will cover all the general aspects related to the subject and 2 skill areas one with Agronomic Specialism for on-farm advisers and one with an Environmental Specialism designed for non-farmed area.

This descriptor is for the core module that is designed to deliver all necessary knowledge and information for farm advisers and environmental advisers in the UK. This module can be followed either by one of the specific skill modules Agronomic Specialism for farm advisers and Environmental Specialism for natural environment experts, or both.

Course contents

BETA Conservation Management Core

Conservation and improvement of the environment and biodiversity on farms coupled with sustainable farming practices are key goals of the UK farming sector.

Legislation related to sustainable ways of farming, integrated farm management, environmental protection and conservation issues on farms and guidance literature developed to help farmers to meet the statutory requirements produced an enormous volume of reading. Many farmers are finding it difficult to comprehend the scale of what is required and the depth of knowledge needed to achieve the rewards for the Environmental Stewardship Schemes. Most farmers are excellent production managers but their expected role is now demanding a change of emphasis to build up the countryside management element of their job.

BETA Conservation Management – Agricultural Specialism

BASIS BETA Conservation Management – Agricultural Specialism is a module that is designed to reinforce the aspects related to Integrated Farm Management and builds on the study completed in the Core module. This specialism is designed and aimed at professions involved in providing environmental advice on farms and the farmed environment.

BETA Conservation Management – Environmental Specialism

BASIS BETA Conservation Management – Environmental Specialism is a module that is designed to reinforce aspects related to Conservation Management of natural environment and builds on the study completed in the Core module. This specialism is designed and aimed at professionals involved in environmental advice in a farming and non-farming context, e.g. Natural England, Water companies, etc.

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