There are no specific entry requirements for a career in agronomy sector, however good general agricultural knowledge and some industry experience is considered most important. A-level qualifications, or equivalent, in the sciences is also advantageous. Certain employers may prefer individuals who are educated to degree level, and some universities do offer courses in agronomy/crop management.

For individuals who are joining the industry with limited agricultural experience, BASIS Foundation courses (https://basis-reg.co.uk/training?area=24815f9a-4adf-40b0-9342-676b61825d6e) provide a great knowledge base and initial insight into all aspects of crop production.

All agronomists who are involved in the advice and supply of plant protection products are required to take the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (https://basis-reg.co.uk/training?area=1c1b92d1-eb07-413c-ab2e-b0e0d2325d64). This course covers all aspects of crop production and agronomy, with a specific focus on integrated pest management.

The FACTS certificate (https://basis-reg.co.uk/training?area=d44ff997-db0d-46ba-8130-ab5a43530a35) provides training for agronomists who are involved in crop nutrition and fertiliser recommendations. This qualification is widely recognized by DEFRA, the Environment Agency and farm assurance schemes.

After completing the Certificate in Crop Protection and FACTS qualifications, many agronomists continue to develop their knowledge through the BASIS advanced courses. These cover a wide range of topics such as IPM, soil science, environmental management and specialist crop courses (https://basis-reg.co.uk/training?area=93192371-c0c1-40a0-8d48-8c2a169af73e).

Many agronomists aim to achieve the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy (https://basis-reg.co.uk/training?area=f3d2f031-38bc-463c-a658-a248af44fbd1), as it demonstrates an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of crop production and that you are best placed to provide advice on farm. This ‘gold standard’ qualification is achieved by successfully completing a range of BASIS accredited courses including the Certificate in Crop Protection, FACTS and other advanced modules.
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