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BASIS courses in Amenity Horticulture

BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture)

Training and certification for suppliers, distributors, agronomists head greenkeepers/course managers and head groundsmen




This course is designed for technical staff who sell, advise or use pesticides, including:

  • Head greenkeepers/course managers and head groundsmen who develop holistic turfgrass management programmes
  • Agronomists
  • Contractors who sell or give advice
  • Distributors who sell or give advice
  • Pesticide manufacturers and suppliers
  • Consultants, agents, managers, specifiers and local authority managers

Course content

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

  • Impact of Amenity Activities on Biodiversity, the Environment and Water
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Weeds
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Pests
  • Recognition, Biology and Control of Diseases
  • Composition, Activity and Persistence of Pesticides
  • Application of Pesticides
  • Safe Use, Handling, Transport and Storage of Pesticides


Skill area modules

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


Course dates 2018 

Week 1: 8 – 12 January
Week 2: 12 – 15 February
Exam: 12 – 15 March

The course is held at STRI’s Head Office and research facility in Bingley 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.


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