FAQS ABOUT THE NSK REGISTER
- WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED?
In the agriculture, commercial horticulture and forestry sectors, membership is open to individuals with a BASIS Storekeeper qualification.
- WHAT DOES IT COST TO BECOME A MEMBER?
The annual membership fee is currently set at £25.00 + VAT for BACS and debit/credit card. These fees can be set against personal income tax as an allowable expense.
- AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION
Storekeepers who have qualified or attended a refresher course in the last 5 years will automatically become registered. Those who have gained their qualification between the last 5 – 10 years will have the next 12 months to attend either a full course or a refresher to attain membership. However, anyone who gained their qualification prior to the last 10 years must attend a full NSK training course to become a member of the register.
- CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
To remain on the Register, Members must demonstrate that they are maintaining up to date knowledge of their workplace activities through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- WHAT IS CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
CPD is the structured maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills and the development of those personal qualities necessary for the successful execution of professional and technical duties throughout the practitioners working life.
- HOW DO MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)?
Members undertake approved training and participate in other events by attending activities allocated CPD points by BASIS Registration Limited. These can also be internal meetings covering Health & Safety, Manual Handling and Legislation updates etc. The annual points requirement for a Nominated Storekeeper is 15 and the refresher course is allocated 12 points. Storekeepers who keep up to date and collect 15 points a year will only need to attend a refresher every 5 years. Anyone who does not collect these points must attend a refresher every 2 years to maintain their knowledge at an acceptable industry level.
- WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING/EVENT IS APPROVED BY THE BASIS PROFESSIONAL REGISTER?
A very wide range of events are approved, from internal company training programs, through specialist courses to technical conferences and demonstrations. The full range of approved events is available in the guidance notes and also on our website.
- ARE ALL CATEGORIES OF PESTICIDES AND FERTILISERS COVERED?
Yes – an adviser dealing with any pesticide covered by the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and the Control of Pesticides (Amendment) Regulations 1997, and/or fertilisers in accordance with Section A-E, Schedule 1 of the Fertiliser Regulations 1991, can be included.
The new Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 come into force in November 2015.
- IS MEMBERSHIP A LEGAL REQUIREMENT UNDER THE DEFRA CODE OF PRACTICE?
No. However, the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 states that there are continued requirements for storage, handling and disposal of pesticides. There is a continued requirement to take reasonable precautions and “for those storing products for placing on the market, ensuring that staff have undergone the BASIS Nominated Storekeeper Training Course or an equivalent qualification”. The industry is committed to maintaining a higher level of competence for all staff.
- WHO ARE THE POLICY MAKERS FOR THE REGISTER?
The Professional Matters Committee is chaired by an independent chairman and is made up of practitioners elected by the membership along with some co-opted members from industry.
- CAN A MEMBER BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE REGISTER FOR MISCONDUCT?
Yes. Failure to abide by the Code of Ethics could lead to membership being withdrawn by the Disciplinary Committee.