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.

Future course dates

Crop inspector courses - 2021

All crop inspector training for herbage, pulses and cereals will be online for 2021 unless there is a significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation. NIAB is working hard to deliver content that will fulfil the requirements of APHA and the inspectors. Transferring a mostly field-based course to an online platform is no easy task.  We will be in touch with more detailed information as soon as it is available.  In the meantime, we ask for your patience and politely request that any queries relating to crop inspector training be reserved until after the details have been released.