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    Revision BASIS (Certificate in Crop Protection)

    This course is designed for field, sales and technical staff, professional consultants, advisers and representatives working in the crop protection industry. It will also be of value to managers of crop protection products and farmers of a large arable acreage. This is a one-week course for candidates proficient in all aspects of crop protection, with experience in a wide range of crops but whose knowledge requires a degree of polishing before sitting the BASIS examination.

    Harper Adams would like to point out that due to time and timetabling constraints, candidates joining Revision BASIS will not be taught any of the factors involved in an Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programme. However, questions on ICM are included in the examination. We advise candidates to attend an ICM course prior to taking the examination.


    As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Appreciate the hazards of crop protection chemicals, encourage safety consciousness and be aware of legal obligations.
    • Understand equipment and techniques for applying crop protection materials.
    • Understand the nature of crop protection chemicals and biological control agents.
    • Recognise disease symptoms, evaluate disease problems and be able to advise on the choice of appropriate control measures.
    • Recognise pests and pest damage, foresee and forestall pest problems and choose safe and appropriate control measures.
    • Recognise weeds and evaluate safe and appropriate control measures.
    • Discriminate between crop damage directly induced by environmental factors and damage caused by pests and pathogens and evaluate possible methods which may be adopted for prevention or control.
    • Understand the biology of weeds, pests and diseases.

    Course content

    • Safety and legislation.
    • Biology and identification of pests, weeds and diseases.
    • Nutrient deficiency symptoms.
    • Agronomy of potatoes, cereals, sugar beet, oilseed rape and grass.

    For more detailed information about the syllabus please refer to the BASIS website.


    A successful candidate will qualify for the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Agriculture). This course will also accrue 30 Continuing Professional Development Points. This course contributes to the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy and the accredited Harper Adams University Graduate Diploma in Agronomy with Environmental Management.



    £750.00 (tuition only)
    * Examination fee: £471.00

    Full residential rate: £78.00 per night

    Lunch & Beverages: £20.50 / day

    * may increase slightly July 2024


    For further information, course dates, and to book, please contact:

    Short Course Office
    Harper Adams University
    Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 300
    Fax: +44 (0)1952 812 125


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