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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.
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.
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
The examination is divided into the following three sections:
If you require any further information regarding the course, or would like to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01274 565131