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BASIS team on hand at BP2017 for first time

For the first time in the events history, BASIS will be exhibiting at BP2017, with members of the team on hand to discuss the extensive range of training courses on offer, and support professional register members in collecting up to 12 points over the two days.

Stephen Jacob, BASIS CEO, explains that the organisation is looking forward to meeting representatives from all areas of the supply chain at the event. 

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting for the first time,” says Stephen. “The potato sector is particularly volatile due to external factors such as market prices, the weather, and increasing demand to farm sustainably. All of these influence best practice techniques, and require those working in the industry to have an extensive knowledge and skill set,” he adds. 

“For this reason, we’re looking forward to meeting those working in the sector, with the view of helping them learn about the importance of continued professional development (CPD), the range of courses we have on offer, and how they can use the information gathered in their everyday roles.”

He outlines the range of BASIS courses that are on offer.  

“As well as the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Agriculture), we have a selection of other courses that will be showcased on the day. For example, there is a BASIS Certificate in Stored Potatoes, which is targeted primarily at those selling, and or giving advice, on the use of pesticides that are used in store potatoes,” says Stephen. 

“We also offer a Certificate in Soil and Water Management which aims to assist farmers and advisers in managing these resources in a sustainable manner, while striving for the best yields.”

How to collect BASIS points at BP2017

Visitors to BP2017 will have the chance to gain up to 12 BASIS CPD points over the two days of the event.

“To collect their points, members should visit the BASIS stand to pick up a card, which will be stamped at the relevant exhibitor stand for completing a knowledge trail activity,” explains Stephen. 

“After collecting up to four stamps, the card should be handed back in at the BASIS stand, and points will be awarded accordingly,” he adds. 


New online portal for point-of-sale rodenticide audits

BASIS and CRRU UK are now inviting suppliers of professional use rodenticides to register their depots for the new UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime Point-of-Sale audit process.

The BASIS Stores Inspection Scheme, which already uses independent assessors to ensure compliance with regulations for the storage and distribution of professional pesticides, is set to be extended by the two organisations.

Lindsay Smith-Boam, Logistics Manager at BASIS, says the creation of an audit process specifically for rodenticides will be significant in ensuring the success of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.

“Applying controls at the point of sale, such as checking distribution staff are aware of the regulations and best practice requirements, is an important part of stewardship,” she said.

“For distributors already operating within the long-established Stores Inspection Scheme, the fact it will now cover rodenticides too should be seen as good news.
“It will provide further evidence that the entire supply chain is controlling availability of these products, as a result enabling continued access to them without further restriction.

“Those who have not been involved with BASIS before can rest assured that our experience will help their business meet stewardship requirements.”

So, storekeepers from all supply routes (trade and retail, in-store and online) are being reminded that they must complete an online registration by 31 December 2017, in order to continue to sell professional use rodenticides.

To register your store, please visit http://basis-audit.co.uk/ .

Rupert Broome, CRRU UK Point of Sale Work Group leader, says: “Any company or outlet selling professional use rodenticides must have passed a BASIS Point of Sale audit for rodenticide stewardship compliance by November 30, 2018.

“This is a planned progression from proof of competence checks on rodenticide purchasers, which were rolled out in October 2016.”

CRRU UK and BASIS will advise the supply chain of the precise audit process, and the requirements that have to be met, during July to December this year.

Failure to comply with any aspect of the stewardship regime may lead to the company concerned being reported to HSE, Trading Standards and any other relevant body. 
It may also lead to cancellation of the authorisation for sale of the product concerned.


Collect up to 12 BASIS CPD points at Croptec

Visitors to Croptec will have the chance to gain up to 12 BASIS CPD points, while gaining valuable insights into the latest updates on everything from crop breeding and protection, to nutrition and establishment.  

“The agricultural industry demands an extensive knowledge and skill set, and as new technology and best practice protocols evolve, it’s really important to keep up to date on the latest advances,” says Stephen Jacob, BASIS CEO.

“For this reason, I’d really recommend heading to one of the CropTec seminars which will cover a broad range of topics,” he adds. 

Stephen explains that for participating in up to four seminars, BASIS members will be rewarded with one point per session, as well as two extra points for attending each day of the event.

“In addition to the seminars, we’re delighted that 19 exhibitors will be taking part in the knowledge trail, where BASIS members will be tasked with completing an activity at each stand, to further their knowledge and gain up to four points.”

The BASIS team will be on hand to assist with points collection, and can also provide advice and guidance to prospective members, with a wide range of information on the training courses that are open to all.

“As well as the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Agriculture), a range of courses are available and will be showcased on the day, including the Certificate in Soil and Water Management,” he says. 

“This course will assist both farmers and advisers in managing these resources in a sustainable manner, to protect the environment while striving for the best yields.”

How to collect BASIS points at Croptec

To collect their points, members should visit the BASIS stand, number 2, hall 2, to pick up a card, which will be stamped after participating in a seminar, or at the relevant exhibitor stand for completing a knowledge trail activity. After collecting up to four stamps, the card should be handed back in at the BASIS stand, and points will be awarded accordingly.


Cohort complete Graduate Diploma in Agronomy with Environmental Management

This September, 11 students comprised of the second cohort to graduate from the Graduate Diploma in Agronomy with Environmental Management, run by Harper Adams University in association with BASIS. 

Harper Adams has accredited BASIS courses since 2008 and the Graduate Diploma was launched in 2011 as an academic award, at a level equivalent to the final year of an honours degree, which builds upon the more vocational BASIS Diploma.

Dr Andy Brooks, senior lecturer and short courses co-ordinator at the university, said that Harper Adams has been collaborating with BASIS in one form or another since 1978. “This is when we began providing training courses for people wishing to take BASIS exams. We’ve accredited BASIS courses since 2008 and we developed this Level 6 qualification to help agronomists further advance their careers. 

‘’On behalf of Harper Adams University, I would like to congratulate the candidates on gaining this formal academic qualification which recognises the significant levels of professional experience they have gained and that will help further develop their careers within the crop protection industry.’’

Lucy Cottingham, BASIS marketing and technical manager, was among the graduating cohort. “The qualification provided candidates with a broad knowledge from the core modules, while allowing them to select from a suite of advanced modules to suit their desired expertise,” she said.

“I’ve really enjoyed working towards the qualification. Once I completed the Certificate in Crop Protection and FACTS, I had a desire to further increase my knowledge base and working towards the Graduate Diploma was the logical next step.’’

The Diploma graduates are: 

Lucy Cottingham (BASIS)
Debbie Wedge (Approved Trainer) 
Todd Jex (Agrii)
Ben Chapman (Harlow Agricultural Merchants) 
Peter Waldock (Growing Earth)
Shirley Loughrin (Tynedale Agronomy)
Anthony Slade (Syngenta)
Paul Carrott (Beeswax Dyson Farming)
Ben Abell (Beeswax Dyson Farming)
James Tempest (Gloag & Sons)
Syed Shah (Agrii)


Training tally powers forward

New figures reveal the commitment to training and professional development among members of BASIS PROMPT.
More than 35,430 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points have already been accrued this year, from 685 events registered to date.

Stephen Jacob, chief executive of the professional register, says the tally demonstrates how professional technicians are taking the need for up-to-date training more seriously than ever before.

He said: “It shows that our members are committed to learning about the latest products and techniques and are keeping themselves up to date on changes to legislation and the rules on stewardship.

“It’s a clear demonstration of their professional approach and that can only be good news, both for the industry itself and the end-user.”

Mr Jacob believes the importance of ongoing training cannot be over-estimated.

He said: “It’s vital that professional technicians maintain or even improve their level of expertise every year. 

“Techniques are being improved all the time while new products are frequently introduced to the market and there are changes in legislation so it’s imperative that professional operators stay abreast of the developments in what is a fast-moving industry.

“Training must enhance knowledge exchange on a broad front so members build on their expertise through CPD in a variety of ways and not just concentrate on a specific area.”

A key part of the CPD system is the auditing of both attendance and course quality and BASIS PROMPT ensure signed records are returned to them after each event.

Points are continually monitored but cannot be carried forward from one registration year to another, though members can review their individual record online and check their CPD points using the BASIS PROMPT mobile app.

More information can be found at www.basis-reg.co.uk/Schemes/PROMPT

BASIS launches webpage for depot registration for Rodenticide Point-of-Sale Audits

BASIS and CRRU UK are now inviting suppliers of professional use rodenticides to register their depots for the new UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime Point-of-Sale audit process.
The BASIS Stores Inspection Scheme, which already uses independent assessors to ensure compliance with regulations for the storage and distribution of professional pesticides, is set to be extended by the two organisations.

Lindsay Smith-Boam, Logistics Manager at BASIS, says the creation of an audit process specifically for rodenticides will be significant in ensuring the success of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.

“Applying controls at the point of sale, such as checking distribution staff are aware of the regulations and best practice requirements, is an important part of stewardship,” she said.

“For distributors already operating within the long-established Stores Inspection Scheme, the fact it will now cover rodenticides too should be seen as good news.

“It will provide further evidence that the entire supply chain is controlling availability of these products, as a result enabling continued access to them without further restriction.

“Those who have not been involved with BASIS before can rest assured that our experience will help their business meet stewardship requirements.”

So, storekeepers from all supply routes (trade and retail, in-store and online) are being reminded that they must complete an online registration by 31 December 2017, in order to continue to sell professional use rodenticides.

To register your store, please visit http://basis-audit.co.uk/ 

Rupert Broome, CRRU UK Point of Sale Work Group leader, says: “Any company or outlet selling professional use rodenticides must have passed a BASIS Point of Sale audit for rodenticide stewardship compliance by November 30, 2018.

“This is a planned progression from proof of competence checks on rodenticide purchasers, which were rolled out in October 2016.”

CRRU UK and BASIS will advise the supply chain of the precise audit process, and the requirements that have to be met, during July to December this year.

Failure to comply with any aspect of the stewardship regime may lead to the company concerned being reported to HSE, Trading Standards and any other relevant body. 

It may also lead to cancellation of the authorisation for sale of the product concerned.

Register your rodenticide store here today

Training opportunities this autumn and winter

Members of BASIS PROMPT are being urged to pile up the points with a comprehensive programme of training activity.
A series of new courses will provide technicians with the chance to brush up their knowledge on a variety of subjects in the coming months.

And they’re also a big opportunity to top up the number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points accrued so far this year.

Controllers must gain at least 20 CPD points every year to retain their membership of the register – now widely recognised as proof of credentials.

Accredited training courses are among a variety of methods in which points can be accrued and there are several on the agenda in the coming months.

Courses approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) – delivering certification for the purchase and use of professional products under the terms of the UK Stewardship scheme – remain popular.

Those who take one of the courses on the CRRU website can be automatically enrolled on the PROMPT register.

Organising bodies such as the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA), Killgerm and Barrettine post details of forthcoming training activity on their websites.

Visit www.basis-reg.co.uk/Exams-and-Courses or go to...
CRRU: www.thinkwildlife.org/list-of-training-and-certification
BPCA: https://bpca.org.uk/Find-Training
NPTA: www.npta.org.uk/training-and-events
Killgerm: www.killgerm.com/pest-control-training-calendar
Barrettine: https://www.barrettineenv.co.uk/24/training

New PROMPT website to launch at PestTech

With a range of special features and functions - all in a highly visual, engaging format - the refreshed BASIS PROMPT website heralds a new era in online communications.
Designed to put BASIS PROMPT and its members firmly ahead in the digital stakes, the new site is being launched in November at PestTech.

And coupled with the launch, the team behind the online project are offering a useful opportunity for members to find out how they can make the most of the new facility through a demonstration at PestTech. 

The team will be on hand at the BASIS PROMPT stand to provide members with free, one-to-one guidance as well as providing a demonstration in one of the seminars of the day. 

The demonstration with include a guided online tour of the new facility with particular focus on the new and improved member log in area where CPD tally and activities are displayed.  
 
Lucy Cottingham, BASIS marketing and technical manager, said: “We felt that the launch of the new website at PestTech was a great opportunity to discuss the wider opportunities available online for members.

“We will be on hand to talk about the enhanced features of the new site and how PROMPT members can get the most out of it.”

The team will be there throughout PestTech to talk to members so please come and visit us on stand 32! 

Are you using the PROMPT logo enough?

PEST controllers are being urged to make the most of an initiative which helps them stand out from the crowd.

Membership of the BASIS PROMPT register delivers independent proof of professional credentials and the logo has become recognised as the mark of a true expert.

Chief executive Stephen Jacob believes the distinctive icon can help PROMPT controllers stay ahead of the game and is urging them to take full advantage.

Mr Jacob said: “Our logo is a symbol of quality and professionalism that can only be carried by reputable tradesmen and we’re trying to get that message over to end users.

“The pest control industry is awash with people who are not true specialists in the field. Many charge high prices for jobs that are often left half-finished and that can create problems for the industry as a whole.

“It’s therefore vitally important that businesses and homeowners can recognise bona fide experts and our logo delivers that.

“It helps experts stand out from the crowd and delivers an assurance that PROMPT technicians are exactly who they say they are and will do a good job at a fair price.”

Every manager and technician on the register is issued with a unique identity card featuring the logo and can also use it on works vehicles or on websites, emails and other promotional material.

Mr Jacob added: “We’re encouraging end-users to not only look out for the logo but to insist on it and we want everyone connected with us to carry it with pride.

“We can provide van stickers and will supply digital copies of the logo for members to use on their websites or elsewhere.”

If you wish to use the PROMPT logo then please e-mail PROMPT@basis-reg.co.uk for a logo request form or call us on 01335 343945. 

BASIS Launches Webpage for Depots to Register for Rodenticide Point-of-Sale Audits

BASIS and CRRU (Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use) UK are now inviting suppliers of professional use rodenticides to register their depots for the new UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime Point-of-Sale audit process. 
For sellers who are already enrolled in the BASIS Stores Inspection scheme, you will still need to register your interest for this additional part of the audit process.

Registration must be completed by 31st of December 2017 in order to be allowed to continue to sell professional use rodenticides (see CRRU UK Website for details). Registration and a successful audit will ensure your ongoing compliance with the stewardship regime and allow you to retain the supply of these products after December 2018.
 
Essential guidance is available via the CRRU UK website which has downloadable information relating to the Point-of-Sale Audits and FAQ’s for the audits and other areas of stewardship. We strongly recommend you visit this page to read more: http://www.thinkwildlife.org/downloads_resources/

For more information and to register your depot please follow this link:
http://basis-audit.co.uk 

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