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FACTS Turf training courses

STRI offer a dedicated course for the FACTS Turf qualification, to understand plant nutrition, fertiliser types, environmental issues and legislation.

FACTS is a four day training course which covers all aspects and issues of fertiliser application to turf. The course concludes with an exam on the fifth day.

The FACTS Turf qualification has been designed for anyone providing advice on fertiliser application to sports and amenity turf. Qualification is obtained by evidence of understanding of plant nutrition and fertiliser types, environmental issues and legislation.

The aim of the course is that at the end of the training, coupled with previous practical experience, candidates will have a basic understanding of golf and sports turf nutrition to enable them to give advice to greenkeepers and groundsmen which is both economically and environmentally sound. The emphasis will be on practical knowledge applicable when advising greenkeepers and groundsmen in the management of sports turf, but also those who are involved in turfgrass production.

 

Granular fertiliser on young plant

Granular fertiliser on young plant

 

The FACTS Fertiliser Certificate of Competence is the national qualification for all those advising on the use of fertiliser products. The qualification is certificated by BASIS and advisers holding the certificate become members of the BASIS Professional Register and FACTS Annual Scheme.

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

2017 dates :

13-15 November (teaching)

7-8 December (teaching and exam on 8th Dec)

 

CONTENT OF THE COURSE

The course is based on five days of training, including examination, and covers the following:

1  The soil or playing surface in relation to turfgrass nutrition

2  Nature and properties of fertilisers and liming materials

3  Plant nutrients and the basis of choice of fertilisers for the main turfgrass utilisations

4  The transport, storage, handling and application of fertilisers

5  Codes of good practice and legal and other environmental protection measures

 

EXAMINATION

The examination is divided into the following three sections:

  1. 60 multi-choice questions
  2. Completion of a scenario question incorporating a nutrient planning exercise – open book exam (text books and notes allowed)
  3. Panel discussion – involving the Chairman and two people from the fertiliser industry. Elements of both the multi-choice and scenario papers may be included in the discussion

 

If you require any further information regarding the course, or would like to reserve a place, please email enquiries@strigroup.com or call 01274 565131