Fertiliser Advisers Certification & Training Scheme (FACTS)
Progressive farmers have long required
their fertiliser advisers to be
qualified, but with increasing requirements to demonstrate
professionalism (whilst gaining a better understanding of fertilisers
nutrition) many are now taking the qualification themselves
Assurance Schemes and retailer protocols strongly recommend
that suppliers should only source advice from appropriately
qualified sources. This translates as advisers who have received
training and can demonstrate their competence through having
achieved certification by examination.
FACTS training is
one of our specialities and our pass-rate remains one of the
Training is delivered in a series of structured
modules which provide in-depth understanding and enhance the
All FACTS courses are taught - Agriculture,
Vegetables and Horticulture.
A sample of some of our training modules.
- The Codes of Good
Agricultural Practice and Nitrate Vulnerable Zones:
Water, Soil and Air. Environmental protection and
- The Soil in Relation to Plant Nutrition:
Major, secondary and trace elements. Soil acidification.
Liming materials and making recommendations. The role
of plant nutrients.
- The Nature and Properties of Fertilisers:
Manufacturing techniques. Raw materials. Fertiliser categories.
Statutory declarations. Terminology and definitions.
- Organic Fertilisers
(Slurries / FYM):
nutrient content. Using organics in fertiliser programmes.
Calculating nutrient requirements for a variety of crops.
Working with nutrient balance sheets.
- The Transport, Storage and Handling of Fertilisers:
Storage locations, storage constraints.
Safety criteria. Statutory requirements.
Notification of stores. Hauling fertilisers on the public
- Recognition of Trace Element Deficiencies:
Visual symptoms. Nutrient interactions. Antagonisms and
the law of the minimum.
- Application of Fertiliser:
Solids and Liquids. Application techniques. Problem solving.