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

BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture)

Duration

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Other Relevant Courses

  • BETA Amenity
  • Foundation Award
  • BASIS Diploma in Agronomy
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This course provides training and certification for sellers of agrochemicals and those giving advice on their use in amenity.

The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection for Field Sales and Technical Staff (FSTS) has been established since 1978 to provide training and certification for sellers of pesticides and those giving advice on their use. The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection has been approved by Ministers to meet the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Control of Pesticide Regulations for certification of those involved in the sale, advice and supply of pesticides.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those individuals who are involved in the advice, sale or supply of pesticides in the amenity industry. Those covered by this section would thus include:

  • Contractors who sell or give advice
  • Distributors who sell or give advice
  • Pesticide manufacturers and suppliers
  • Consultants, agents, managers, specifiers and local authority managers who are involved in pesticide sales or advice

The amenity industry includes hard surface areas, turf, amenity grass and sports areas, large public and private gardens (eg. National Trust type properties), parks, forestry, aquatic and other areas where spraying is carried out. This can be by in-house or contract labour, private forestry companies, local authorities, motorway and other road verge maintenance, aquatic and dry areas and industrial site maintenance. This may include amateur gardens where contractors are employed using professional products. The control of invasive and injurious weeds is also an important area of Amenity Pesticide use.

Course contents

  • Impact of Amenity Activities on Biodiversity, the Environment and Water
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Weeds
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Pests
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Diseases
  • Module 5 Composition, Activity and Persistence of Pesticides
  • Module 6 Application of Pesticides
  • Module 7 Safe Use, Handling, Transport and Storage of Pesticides

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must have had satisfactory training and supervised field experience before entering for the BASIS (FSTS) examination. If in doubt as to this requirement, please contact the BASIS office

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BETA Amenity (Biodiversity & Environmental Training for Advisers)

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Other Relevant Courses

  • BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection
  • BASIS Professional Register
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This course progresses the knowledge and skills of advisers working in amenity horticulture, ground-care and related industries, and promotes the protection and enhancement of biodiversity in Parkland and Amenity situations.

Since 2004, many people using or advising on pesticide use in agriculture have undertaken training and the linked examination to become BETA qualified. Following this lead, there have been requests for a BETA course and qualification specifically for the Amenity Horticulture and Ground-care sectors of pesticide users. The BETA Amenity Horticulture course is endorsed by the Amenity Forum and the organisations which are supporters of it, including the Voluntary Initiative (VI).

Weed control is a major part of many Amenity, Horticulture and Ground-care operations. In some situations, plant diseases and various insect pests can add to the problems which need to be dealt with. It is therefore most important that the actions employers and employees take will not only recognise the need for human safety, but also for the environmental safety of the area in which they work.

Who is this course for?

This course is for people employed in the Amenity Horticulture, Ground-care and related industries, as the use of pesticides in Parks, Golf Courses, Sports Turf, Horticulture, Hard Surface and other Amenity areas is a significant part of overall UK pesticide use. There is a wide scope for employers and employees to improve their knowledge of environmental management and help improve the biodiversity of the amenity landscape.

The BETA Amenity Horticulture course and examination is 2 ½ days in total and is specifically put together for:

  • Parks and sports ground managers
  • Golf course managers
  • Contract specifiers and managers
  • Horticultural enterprise managers
  • Local authority amenity managers
  • Supervisors / managers responsible for pesticide application

The BETA course is designed to complement and add to the knowledge of those who already hold either the BASIS Field, Sales and Technical Staff qualification, the Amenity Pest Management certificate or the POWER Certificate.

Benefits

  • Achievement of the BETA Amenity Horticulture qualification does not qualify the holder of the Certificate to spray pesticides, but it will create greater understanding of the implications of using pesticides and the need to protect our environment

Course contents

  • Protecting Biodiversity in Amenity Horticulture Areas
  • Environmental Information Sheets
  • Water Management
  • Amenity Horticulture Management Plan for Pesticide Use

Entry Requirements

  • The course is applicable to many other people who may not be BASIS qualified but who none the less, may have other qualifications which are suitable for entry to the BETA Amenity Horticulture course. Please check with Sue Mason at BASIS for other qualifying routes to this course and qualification

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Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture

Duration

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Other Relevant Courses

  • Foundation Award in Agronomy (Agriculture and Vegetables)
  • Foundation Award in Agronomy (Grassland and Forage Crops)
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This course is an introduction to the key elements of the use of professional pesticides in some important areas of Amenity Horticulture.

A large number of people in Amenity Horticulture have a need to understand more about pesticides, how they work and why they are needed. However their main employment activity may not involve selling, advising, applying or storing pesticides.

This course is designed for such people and it may also be an introduction for those who wish to go forward to the next level of qualification (FSTS).

The Foundation Award in Amenity covers all three components:

  • Hard Surfaces
  • Turf
  • Shrubs & Borders

Who is this course for?

This course is for:

  • New entrants to the Amenity Horticulture sector whose job requires an understanding of professional pesticides
  • Candidates who wish to attain full FSTS qualification and need this course as a “stepping stone” towards it
  • Those who work in Amenity Horticulture with a job content requiring knowledge of professional pesticides, but who do not themselves sell, advise, supply or store them

Course contents

  • Professional Pesticides
  • Application of Pesticides
  • Protecting people, animals and the environment
  • Hard/Permeable Surfaces – Skill Area
  • Weed Control
  • Turf and Borders
  • Weeds Control
  • Disease control
  • Pest Control

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FACTS Turf Certification & Training Scheme

Duration

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Other Relevant Courses

  • BASIS Diploma in Agronomy
  • FACTS Certification and Training Scheme
  • FACTS Horticulture Certification and Training Scheme
  • FACTS Vegetable Certification and Training Scheme
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    This course is an independent, non-statutory certification scheme for advisers in plant nutrient management (turf).

    Most people who take an interest in sports turf, both in its management and production, appreciate that if soil fertility is to be maintained then the nutrients taken off during mowing or lost to air or water must be replaced. However, many of these people are also concerned about the actual or potential environmental damage that these losses can cause and they look to those involved to do what they can to minimise them. This is one of the main pressures to which those advising greenkeepers and groundsmen on fertiliser use must respond and which was behind the establishment of the FACTS scheme.

    Who is this course for?

    The FACTS qualification (by examination, exemption or validated certificate) 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.

    Benefits

    The overall aim of the course is that at the end of training, coupled with previous practical experience, candidates will have a basic understanding of fertilisers and plant nutrition to enable them to give advice to farmers and growers which is both economically and environmentally sound. The emphasis will be on practical knowledge applicable when selling to, and advising, farmers and growers.

    Course contents

  • The soil or playing surface in relation to turfgrass nutrition
  • Nature and properties of fertilisers and liming materials
  • Plant nutrients and the basis of choice of Fertilisers for the main turfgrass utilisations
  • The transport, storage, handling and application of fertilisers
  • Codes of good practice and legal and other Environmental Protection Measures
  • Entry Requirements

  • It is strongly recommended that candidates should have had at least two years of experience in on-farm practical agronomy before attempting any of the modules which contribute towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy.
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