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BASIS courses in Amenity Horticulture

BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture)

A two week training and certification course for advisers and users of Integrated Turf Management (ITM). This level 6 course aims to give a holistic view on turf management and is tailored for suppliers, distributors, agronomists, head greenkeepers/course managers and head groundsmen. It includes dedicated turf sessions developed by STRI and is independently examined by BASIS.



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


Who should take this course?

  • 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 dates 2020

Week one:  5-9 October
Week two: 9-12 November
Exam: 7-8 December

The course is held at STRI’s Head Office and research facility in Bingley and presented by Dr Christian Spring.


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.



£2,375 + VAT* (includes lunch and refreshments)

* Overseas clients are exempt of VAT


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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