BASIS Professional Register members are being reminded there are just five months left until the end of the points year.
BASIS Professional Registers accounts manager Michele Williams explains members must collect a specified number of BASIS continuing professional development (CPD) points by May 31, 2018, to maintain their professional register status.
“There are numerous ways in which BASIS members can top-up their points before the May 31 deadline, including visiting exhibitions, conferences, trial sites and technical seminars,” she says.
A maximum of eight points per year can also be collected from reading a wide range of technical industry publications and newsletters.
“The number of points an individual member must accrue depends on their qualification. For example, those holding the Certificate in Crop Protection for agriculture, vegetables or horticulture must collect 40 points per year, and those holding an additional FACTS nutrition qualification require 50 points.
“We have currently got 5,591 members, with more than 200,000 CPD points to be collected during the year, and encouragingly, well over half of these have already been allocated. But there are still plenty of opportunities to meet your quota before the end of May,” she says.
Stephen Jacob, BASIS chief executive officer, reiterates the importance of CPD, explaining it is essential for agronomists, advisers and farmers to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly developing agricultural and horticultural industries.
He says: “Over the past few years, we have seen agronomy step up a gear, and with the uncertainty around Brexit, and tightening regulations, this is expected to continue.
“New technology, restrictions and stewardship guidelines are being introduced all the time, so it is essential those providing advice remain up-to-date, and collecting BASIS CPD points will help to do so. This will allow consultants to deliver the latest information, and assist farmers in making informed decisions.”
For more information, visit www.basis-reg.co.uk