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Seed Sampling

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The Licensed Seed Samplers course includes comprehensive training in both the theory and practice of sampling techniques. Included in the syllabus will be a background to certification procedures and detailed guidance on the official requirements for labelling, bag sealing and other duties of licensed samplers. The course will conclude with an examination in theory and practical. Success in the exam is recognised by Fera as the qualification required for the issue of an official seed sampler’s licence. Candidates are advised that they will be expected to pass all sections of the exam.

Although the course will be aimed particularly at the needs of candidates wishing to become licensed seed samplers, anyone concerned with good sampling practices will find it of interest.

Candidates registered for the course must provide their own copies of the FERA documents below. As part of their preparation for the course, candidates are expected to have read them through before attending the course.


Venue and Registration

The two day course is held at the Official Seed Testing Station, NIAB.

Courses are normally run twice a year usually in April and November, numbers are limited, and acceptance is on a first come, first served basis. The total course fee is payable on registration. Additional course dates are sometimes offered in response to industry demand and bespoke courses can be arranged.