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BASIS courses in Amenity Horticulture

STRI offers BASIS courses in Amenity Horticulture. Providing an understanding of turfgrass management, pest, weed and disease control, environmental issues and legislation.

The course is held at STRI’s world-class research facilities in West Yorkshire and presented by Dr Ruth Mann and Dr Christian Spring. It includes a dedicated turf sessions, developed by STRI specifically to meet the requirements of the BASIS qualification with a turf skill area.

The BASIS certificate in Crop Protection—Amenity Horticulture for field, sales and technical staff (FSTS), is the national qualification for all those advising on the use, selling or supplying of plant protection products in the amenity industry. This includes contractors, distributors and plant protection products manufacturers. Also all suppliers, consultants, course managers and local authority managers involved in pesticide sales or advice.




The qualification is certified by BASIS and advisers holding the certificate become members of the BASIS Professional register. This dedicated course is nine days long completed over two separate weeks, followed by two days of exams and includes an on-line learning support package.

Training will take place at STRI’s Head Office and research facility in Bingley

2017 dates: 

Week 1 : 9 – 13 October

Week 2: 6 – 10 November

Exam : 4, 5, 6 December




All courses include the following 7 Core Modules plus one pre-selected Skill Area Module:



1  –  Impact of Amenity Activities on Biodiversity, the Environment and Water

2 –   Recognition, Biology and Control of Weeds

3 –   Recognition, Biology and Control of Pests

4 –   Recognition, Biology and Control of Diseases

5 –   Composition, Activity and Persistence of Pesticides

6 –  Application of Pesticides

7 –  Safe Use, Handling, Transport and Storage of Pesticides



The Skill Area Module must be selected prior to starting the course (and at least one month prior to the exam date and notified to BASIS). The Skill Area Module choices are:

  1. Hard surface areas
  2. Turf, amenity grass and sports areas



The examination is held over two days and is divided into the following four sections:

  1. Two multi-choice question papers
  2. Practical identification test
  3. Simulated site exercise
  4. Site station and panel questions

During the examination all seven Core Modules and the selected Skill Area Module will be tested.


If you would like further course information, a price list or want to make a booking, please email or call 01274 565131






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