Two members of staff at Everris, the leading manufacturer of turf and amenity fertilizers, have completed Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme (FACTS) training and examination, meaning they are all now FQAs - FACTS Qualified Advisers.
Colman Warde, Everris' Country Manager for Ireland and Simon Hardcastle, Technical Area Sales Manager for northern England, undertook four intensive training days in November delivered by Dr David Lawson from STRI.
Lewis Blois, Technical Area Sales Manager for the Eastern counties and parts of the East Midlands, also successfully passed his BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Amenity Horticulture), the recognised statutory qualification for pesticide sellers, suppliers and advisers.
BASIS is an independent standards-setting and auditing organisation for the pesticide, fertilizer and allied industries. It offers a range of recognised qualifications for people working in those sectors, including the BASIS and FACTS schemes, and manages the Professional Register for qualified advisers.
Richard Walton, Business Manager for Everris in the UK and Ireland, said: "We strive to provide the best quality products backed up by first-class technical advice. In order to achieve this, we are committed to the ongoing education of our staff and distributors and we congratulate Colman, Simon and Lewis on their achievement. By becoming BASIS and FACTS qualified and by joining the Professional Register, they commit to a Code of Professional Ethics and a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which requires them to continue their training to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and to enhance and broaden their knowledge and skills. This ensures that turf managers receive the very best advice from our dedicated turf and amenity team."
Image caption: (Left to right): Simon Hardcastle, Colman Warde and Lewis Blois.