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We are in the process of making some changes to our website, which we are excited to be revealing soon. As part of these changes, the learning content provided by the Farmers Weekly Academy will soon be moved to the main site. If you have any queries please email farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk.

CPD Schemes

Accrediting organisations in the arable, pig, poultry and most recently dairy sector have been set up to promote and encourage professional standards in farming.
The Farmers Weekly Academy is working with all the industry professional accreditation bodies to offer members the opportunity to obtain e-learning CPD points from relevant modules on this website.
In addition, every module successfully completed carries a Farmers Weekly Academy Development Scheme (FADS) professional development point.
A certificate is available to download for every module that has been successfully completed. This will carry the CPD points allocated by any of the relevant accreditation bodies, including the new Farmers Weekly Academy Development Scheme.
The certificate not only proves you have successfully completed this module, but also helps to support any training records your employer might require of you.
To ensure that your CPD points are recorded, you will need to sign in and add your CPD reference numbers to your Farmers Academy profile. If you are currently signed in, you can do this here.


BASIS was established in 1978 by the pesticide industry. It encourages professional standards in the pesticide, fertiliser and allied industries. Members of the BASIS Professional Register complete a course and written exam. Once they are members, 50 cpd points are required per year to stay on the combined agriculture and fertiliser register (FACTS) and 40 cpd points for the agricultural register alone.

  • A maximum of 12 cpd points per year on the Farmers Weekly Academy can go towards the total required for this accreditation scheme

Launched in August 2012, DairyPro is a professional register for dairy workers to commit to on-going personal training development. Full members are required to collect 40 cpd points over a two year period. DairyPro is administered by BASIS.

  • There is no maximum limit on how many of cpd points will go towards the total required for this accreditation body, but this will be reviewed



FACTS is the body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of advice in crop nutrition given by individuals on farm. There are 2,500 active FACTS-qualified advisers in the UK. Entry to FACTS is by written and oral examination following a formal five day training course. Membership for the FACTS annual scheme is renewed by collecting professional development points. For those who are soley fertiliser advisers 20 points are required. FACTS is also a category of the BASIS Professional Register and those who have the certificate in crop protection and FACTS, 50 professional points are required (40 for the Professional Register and 10 for Fertiliser).

  • A maximum of 12 cpd points per year on the Farmers Weekly Academy can go towards the total required for this accreditation scheme

The Farmers Weekly Academy Development Scheme has been set up to encourage users to expand their knowledge and skills, support career development and training needs.

  • Every registered user on the Farmers Weekly Academy who successfully completes a module will receive one Farmers Weekly Academy Development Scheme (FADS) point
  • Successfully completing a module allows you to print off a certificate

The National Register of Sprayer Operators is open to anyone who holds an appropriate specified certificate, under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012.  Members are required to obtain a minimum of 30 CPD points in a rolling three year period. NRoSO is administered by City and Guilds.

  • A maximum of 4 CPD points per year from on-line learning, e.g. Farmers Weekly Academy, can go towards the total required for this accreditation scheme, with a total maximum of 12 over 3 years.