Pulse Crop Inspectors Course - Initial

June 4th, 2019 8:45 AM  
through   5:45 PM
Sophi Taylor Building, Park Farm
Villa Road
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NZ
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 342299


The initial training course for prospective pea and bean seed crop inspectors will be held on Tuesday 4th June 2019.

The training course will concentrate on the botany, classification and identification of field pea, field bean and broad bean and will also cover the theory and practice of crop inspection.

Training on this course will be given by NIAB staff experienced in the certification and inspection of pea and bean seed crops.

This course is designed to provide the appropriate training for candidates sitting the APHA examinations for an APHA Pea and Bean Crop Inspectors Licence, Category ‘J’. 

Candidates for the exam should note paragraph 5 of the Crop Inspectors Licence.  This states that a crop inspector may charge a reasonable fee for making an inspection but otherwise shall not derive any private gain in carrying out his/her function.

Features of the initial course include:

  • Detailed instructions of crop inspection techniques.
  • Comprehensive literature.
  • NIAB Certificate of Proficiency indicating PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION for those who reach the required standard.

The fees (which include lunch) are:-

Training session (zero rated VAT)                  =  £234.39

APHA examination (zero rated VAT)            =  £151.39  - Total = £385.78

Cancellations received up to 14 days before the course are refundable, less a £80 administration charge.  After that, cancellations are subject to the entire course fee.  (Fees cannot be carried over to the following year under any circumstance)PLEASE NOTE - Booking alterations/amendments cannot be made within one month of the course start date, except under exceptional circumstances.                                            

It is a requirement under the Seeds Marketing Regulations 2011 that a person applying for a crop inspector’s licence has “completed an appropriate training course relating to the inspection of seed crops of that species and category”.  Any new candidates wishing to take the examination only must provide us with documentary evidence that they have received appropriate training before taking the examination.

If you have any queries please contact Shela Solomon – shela.solomon@niab.com;  Direct Tel: 01223 342324;  Fax: 01223 277707.


Your contact details will be included in Apha’s online register of Crop Inspectors unless you indicate otherwise.  You should inform the Seeds team, Apha 1st Floor, Eastbrook, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8DR.  Email:seed.cert@apha.gsi.gov.uk if you do not want your details released.


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