Varieties and seeds

NIAB has trained many generations of crop inspectors and seed analysts from across the UK agricultural industry. Our training, including refresher courses, is based around the seed certification schemes. We train more than 300 crop inspectors each year, who go on to officially check the various levels of certified seed that are sold in the UK, with 550 field plots set-aside specifically for training purposes. Courses are also available on seed sampling, grain variety identification, seed analysis and seed certification administration.

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Cancellation of crop inspector courses - May and June 2020

Following government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, APHA circulated a statement (Seed Cert 6/20) on Saturday 4th April 2020 which included the cancellation of crop inspector courses run by NIAB in May and June 2020.

APHA has indicated that retests will be deferred and will contact candidates individually soon.

If your licence is due to expire and you have not registered for a course please contact us as soon as possible:

  • For herbage and cereals contact rhodri.davies [at] (Rhodri Davies)
  • For pulses contact shela.solomon [at] (Shela Solomon)