BASIS Certificate (Field Vegetables)

Cost: £1,985 (includes exam fee)
Dates (2018):

January 3rd, 4th, & 5th
January 15th, 16th & 17th
February 7th,8th & 9th
February 19th, 20th & 21st
April 23rd, 24th & 25th


May 8th & 9th

This BASIS certificate course concentrates on field vegetables, and it was originally designed for those involved in selling, supplying or advising on the use of, pesticides. Recently it has been of great interest to farmers and managers of vegetable units looking to further their knowledge and understanding of crop agronomy. The main focus is on brassicas, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, onions and leeks. 

The subject areas covered will include the following:

  • Recognition and biology of vegetable weeds, pests, pathogens and disorders
  • Classification and mode of action of pesticides and biological control agents
  • Pesticide application, transport and storage
  • Integrated crop protection strategies in the major field vegetable crops.

The course is held over 17 days organised into 5 blocks of three days, plus two days for the final examination. There are normally three to four weeks between each block. Delivery is through participatory lectures, group exercises, practicals and visits.

The course is assessed by means of a one hour multi-choice examination, an identification test, a written project and a field-based oral exam. Successful candidates will be awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy. This course is worth 30 CPD points.

For further information please contact:

Simon Goodger
Tel: 01522 835295

Jill Duarte  
Tel: 01522 835428

NCFM enquiries and information:

+44 (0)1406 493000

National Centre for Food Manufacturing website

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing can offer a wide range of bespoke courses according to your training needs. To discuss your requirements, please contact Sharon Green, Head of Skills and Work Based learning: , or on +44 (0)1406 493000