BASIS Certificate (Arable)

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Key Information

Course Dates:







Online/Riseholme Campus, University of Lincoln

Contact Information:

Simon Goodger

Tel: 01522 835295

Course Overview

This course covers all aspects of crop protection decision making, including field use, storage, application and environmental impact, to equip students with the competence levels required to gain the BASIS Certificate. The course is popular with advisors, agronomists, farmers and farm managers looking to further their understanding of crop agronomy.

Course Dates

Introduction: 11 November 2022 (online)

Main Course:

  • 21 – 23 November 2022
  • 19 – 21 December 2022
  • 30 January – 1 February 2023
  • 6 – 8 March 2023
  • 24 – 26 April 2023

Tutorials (online): 17 January and 31 March 2023 (online)

Revision Block: 22 – 24 May 2023


5 June 2023 – written papers, conducted online.

6 June 2023 – vivas, conducted at Riseholme Campus.




The subject areas covered will include the following:

  • Recognition and biology of weeds, pests, pathogens and disorders
  • Classification and mode of action of pesticides and biological control agents
  • Application, transport and storage of pesticides
  • Integrated crop protection strategies in the major arable crops


The course is delivered in eighteen days which are organised into six blocks, spread over six months, 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.

The qualification awarded by BASIS (Registration) Ltd. is a legal requirement for those engaged in selling pesticides, or advising on their use.

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