Contact: Jane Taylor
Nationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in seed analysis. Registration in April, approximately 12 months before the date of examination, irrespective of the number of crop divisions being taken. Revision and examinations are held at OSTS in April/May.
Nationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in laboratory management (Analyst in Charge). Registration in September, before examinations at OSTS, over four days the following January. Qualification in the seed analysis course is a pre-requisite for registration. Candidates will usually have had at least two seasons experience of seed testing.
Statutory Tetrazolium (STZ) testing of cereals: 3 days duration, open to qualified cereal analysts. Training in TZ techniques is followed by an official practical assessment.
Extension Training: Short courses by arrangement to extend a seed analyst’s qualification to cover particular species. One or two days of practical sessions followed by an official practical assessment.
Revision Training: Short courses tailored to individual requirements for analysts who are qualified but out of practice in seed testing.
Fees for seed analyst courses are charged on the following basis:-
i) Correspondence courses require a fee to be paid at registration, which covers the administration and correspondence training.
ii) All practical courses have a daily attendance fee for time spent by candidates at OSTS.
iii) One-off courses for individual clients are charged as a package agreed at initial registration.