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Our guide to agriculture training courses

Considering taking a Agriculture training course to kick start your career? Training courses often differ massively in terms of course content, cost and time they take to complete, as well as the level of qualification they are worth. There will be training programmes that offer nothing other than a certificate of completion, while other Agriculture training courses will work towards passing NVQ/SVQ and industry recognised qualifications. A limited number of training courses are free to enrol on, while some students will be entitled to get their Agriculture training course funded or subsidised. For more information, our careers guide and course articles will show you the benefits completing a Agriculture training course can have on your job prospects.

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Awarding organisations for agriculture training courses

  • BASIS Registration Ltd
  •   Established in 1978, BASIS (Registration) Ltd. is an independent auditing organisation, which prescribes and enforces quality standards for the pesticide, fertiliser and allied industries. Through its network of trained and self-sufficient assessors, BASIS audits every BASIS-registered pesticide store in the UK on an annual basis. The organisation trains the concerned workforce with awards in areas such as Crop Protection, and Soil and Water Management. Members are kept abreast of industry developments through Continuing Professional Development programmes, the FACTS scheme and  the certification scheme for plant nutrition advisers and sellers in the fertiliser industry. BASIS maintains a Professional Register of current and prospective members.

  • Edexcel Ltd
  • One of England, Wales and Northern Ireland's most prominent examination boards, Pearson PLC’s Edexcel offers a number of different qualifications, from the academic GCSEs and A levels to the more vocational NVQs and BTECs. Many schools and colleges up and down the UK offer Edexcel qualifications, as well as businesses who wish to educate their employees. They also have a strong presence internationally with their BTECs being recognised in over 80 other countries. In recent years, Edexcel have been keen to make use of new technologies in their testing and marking.

Related careers: Agricultural Inspector

Agricultural inspectors are responsible for maintaining standards and enforcing regulations within agriculture, particularly on farms. They can be involved at different points in the food production chain and work for a variety of agencies, mostly public. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors act in an occupational health and safety role. Agricultural inspectors visit premises, make checks, note the infringement of any laws, and write reports and recommendations. During a visit they might: inspect processes and procedures; investigate accidents and...more

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