FACTS (Fertiliser Advisers Certification & Training Scheme)

Course Dates (2021): 18 and 19 February plus 4, 5 and, 12 March 2021.
Exam: 16 March 2021
Fees: £1025 (includes exam fee)


This course looks at key aspects of crop nutrition and the use of fertilisers to promote healthy plant growth. Given the importance of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and the Water Framework Directive, emphasis is placed on the use of integrated crop nutrient management. The course is suitable for advisors, agronomists, farmers and farm managers, and at the end of the course, students will be able to provide recommendations for fertiliser use, which are both economically and environmentally sound.

The FACTS award is the standard industry qualification for those selling or advising on the use of crop fertilisers.


The subject areas covered will include the following:

Soil in relation to plant nutrition
Nature and properties of fertilisers
Role of plant nutrients
Calculating fertiliser requirements of the main crop types
Transport, handling, storage and application of fertilisers
Legislation and other requirements to protect the environment


The course is delivered over six days organised into two blocks of study and one day for the examination. There is normally a week between each block. Delivery is through participatory lectures and group exercises.


Assessment is by means of a one hour multiple-choice examination and a fifteen minute oral exam.

Successful candidates will be awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy.

For further Information and course dates/times please contact either:

Simon Goodger
Tel: 01522 835295
Email: sgoodger@lincoln.ac.uk

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