Membership of the BASIS Professional Register, the FACTS Annual Scheme and the PROMPT Register for professional pest controllers have all shown good growth in 2011. Indeed, the Professional Register and FACTS have both seen a steady rise over the past ten years.
Today there are 4,400 members of the Professional Register, up from 3,250 ten years ago. Following a surge in 2011, there are now 1,172 people on PROMPT. Membership of the FACTS Annual Scheme has also shown a dramatic increase rising from just over 1,600 ten years ago to over 2,500 today.
The only area which is lagging behind is the BASIS Amenity Register or BAR. This was introduced in 2010 and is open to people who are involved in decision making, contract management and the provision of professional advice in the amenity sector. To date only a disappointing 304 people have joined.
An increasing number of agronomists are recognising the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) both for career development and when face-to-face with customers.
"We are still waiting for the definitive regulations arising out of the Sustainable Use Directive," explains BASIS Managing Director Rob Simpson. "However we are hopeful that adviser certification will remain a statutory obligation. The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection is a key industry standard recognised by
assurance schemes, supermarkets, farmers, growers and the industry at large, both in the UK and overseas. It is clear that the UK is way ahead of the rest of
Europe with regard to our qualification standard and as an industry we should be proud of that achievement."
If your BASIS Professional Register membership has lapsed there are three routes to reinstatement:
1 Attend update training and take the
2 Provide three years of CPD evidence
and, once approved, pay the past three
3 Take an advanced module which
includes a viva as part of the
assessment e.g. Advanced Cereals or
Nutrient Management Planning.
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