BASIS – Crop Protection


It is a requirement of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 that all persons involved in the sale and supply of a pesticide approved for agricultural use have successfully completed the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection, or similar, or are selling or supplying that pesticide under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate.

Who is the course for?

Persons responsible for the sale and supply of a pesticide approved for agricultural use and who have sufficient supervised field experience.

Course Content

  • Integrated Crop Management, Growth and Development of Crops and Commercial Production
  • Recognition and Causes of Crop Disorders
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Weeds
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Pests
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Diseases
  • Composition, Activity and Persistence of Crop Protection Chemicals and Biological Agents
  • Application of Crop Protection Chemicals
  • Safe Use, Handling, Transport and Storage of Crop Protection Chemicals

The emphasis is on practical knowledge applicable when selling or advising farmers and giving advice that is economically and environmentally sound.

Course Assessment

To successfully complete the course a candidate must successfully complete the following:

  • a multiple-choice examination;
  • a weed, pest and disease identification test;
  • a project demonstrating their sound working knowledge of crop protection chemicals;
  • attendance at a three person examining panel.

We plan to deliver the next course in 2018.

Trainee View 

Colin Jack of Taggart Jacks, Ardstraw completed the course in 2010.

“The Basis course has been invaluable for our business because the topics covered were all relevant to what we are doing in our store at Ardstraw.

The course included most crops grown in the UK with particular emphasis on cereals, grass and potatoes. Weed and disease identification was a challenging but very useful part. The detailed and up to date spray programmes that we drew up for cereals and potatoes were of great use in our store throughout the year.

How fungicides and herbicides work and what precautions need to be taken to avoid resistance, how to prevent water course pollution was all information that could be passed on to the rest of the workforce and our customers”.

Colin Jack of Taggart Jacks Ardstraw, with Nigel Kee from Douglas Bridge talking about leatherjacket control.