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NRoSO and BASIS points on EiO – what is available?


NRoSO – 8 points in total

With the launch of Ei Operator comes a new choice of on-line CPD training, which City and Guilds have accredited with our very own category of NRoSO points. This means that sprayer operators can now earn points for on-line training that they couldn’t do before. You’ll find the new CPD points under category K on the NRoSO website.

If you are a member of the National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO) in the UK, then you can access a free training course as part of your membership. It comes with 2 accredited NRoSO points and all you have to do is sign in with your NRoSO membership number, read the course material, take the test and then we will send your information across to NRoSO, who will update your membership.

BASIS – 12 points in total

BASIS have also accredited Ei Operator with points for members of their Professional Register. This means that sprayer operators who are registered members of NRoSO can now earn up to 2 BASIS points for on-line training, free of charge. As with NRoSO, we will send your points across to BASIS so you don’t have to. They will update your membership accordingly.

The free course for NRoSO members is:

Mixing and filling – 2 points:

Pouring chemicals into a sprayer hopper

This course explains best practice when mixing and filling. You will learn about safe storage and handling of pesticides, ways to make mixing and filling easier and faster as well as how to correctly rinse and dispose of containers. With tips and tricks and practical advice from other operators, this informative course will help you to reduce the risk of contamination to yourself and the environment.

This course is free to NRoSO members and worth 2 NRoSO and 2 BASIS points.

Subscription only content – £30/year

All other courses can only be found on the subscription part of the website. At a cost of only £30 a year (UK subscribers), we think that this gives great value for money. Simply subscribing will earn you 2 further BASIS points and then, if you complete all the online training courses, you can get a further 6 NRoSO and 6 BASIS points in total.

To sign up, head to the Ei Operator Pages where you can find out more.

Additional courses cover the following subjects:

LERAP – 2 points:

Field margin with buffer zone to protect wildlife

We have every sympathy with you, having to know this complicated set of rules! This course really helps to untangle the key deciding factors when creating your Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides. This course explains what you need to do to comply with label instructions to protect water, using one of four different buffer zone schemes. You will learn how to identify what scheme is required and how to complete your LERAP accordingly.

This course is worth 2 NRoSO and 2 BASIS points.

How to keep pre-ems on target – 2 points:

Spraying against blackgrass

This course, based on information from the latest field research from Syngenta, explains the best combination of forward speed, nozzle type and water volume to apply pre-emergence products most effectively, while reducing drift. You will learn about the effect of forward speed on drift and application, the importance of setting the correct boom height and how selecting the right nozzle will cut drift and improve coverage for best product efficacy. This informative course will help you to improve blackgrass control and protect the environment.

This course is worth 2 NRoSO and 2 BASIS points.

Biobeds – 2 points:

biobed under construction

This course explains how a biobed or biofilter, is a safe, cost-effective and efficient way to handle contaminated water to prevent pollution. There are two instructional videos on building biobeds and why to have one in the first place! You will learn how they work, how they can be constructed and what exemptions you require.

This course is worth 2 NRoSO and 2 BASIS points.

BASIS points for subscribing to Pro Operator magazine:

Last but not least, for those not already receiving Pro Operator magazine as part of their NRoSO membership, you can also earn 2 BASIS points for subscribing to the magazine. Published three times a year to coincide with key application seasons, Pro Operator costs just £15/year (UK) including postage. It’s packed full of application advice, information and news, specifically for sprayer owners and operators. To find out more, follow the link HERE



Coming soon………

The team at EiO are working hard to create new courses which will be added later in the year, so you will have even more opportunities to earn NRoSO and BASIS points and develop your professional expertise. Make sure you are signed up to our emails to enable us to contact you when new courses are added – click on the sign up button near the top of the page. All training is accredited by NRoSO and is bought to you by Mick Roberts and his team. If you have any suggestions about topics to cover, we would love to hear from you – we really value your feedback.

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