FACTS (Fertiliser Advisers Certification & Training Scheme) Course

Who is this course for?

  • Those working as advisers, representatives, farmers and farm managers involved in arable crop production and management
  • Those who have qualified for the BASIS Professional Register and want to gain Continuing Professional Development points
  • Those with a basic prior knowledge of the production of cereals, oilseed rape, sugar beet, potatoes and grassland
  • Those who are familiar with a range of farming systems and nutrient issues with an ability to gain sufficient field experience before attempting the exam
  • Those with at least one years experience of fertiliser and nutrient management planning in the UK under the guidance of a suitably qualified person

What is the course content?

  • The soil in relation to plant nutrition
  • The nature and properties of fertilisers
  • Organic fertilisers
  • Crop nutrients and the basis for calculating the amount of fertiliser required
  • Use of fertilisers on the main crop groups in the UK
  • Transport, storage, handling and labelling requirements necessary to protect the environment
  • Codes of good agricultural practice, legal and safety requirements to protect the environment

How long is the course?

Six days plus one day examination

What qualification does it provide?

FACTS Certificate of Competence in Fertiliser Advice and 30 CPD Points

Qualification as a FACTS Qualified Advisor (FQA)

The course also contributes to the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy and the Harper Adams University College ‘Graduate Diploma in Agronomy with Environmental Management’.

What does it cost?

£1450 plus VAT to include exam fees, course materials and lunch on each day