BETA Conservation Management Certificate

BASIS courseEffective environmental management of farmland is becoming as important as productivity. BASIS has launched its BETA Conservation Management course, which replaces two former courses, to provide a qualification that covers a wealth of practical expertise in protecting and enhancing natural resources as well as establishing and managing conservation areas. The course is based around productive farming and is relevant across the board, from agronomists to farmers, land agents and conservation advisers; preparing them to advise and implement effective conservation management.

 “Given the considerable overlap between the two courses, it was decided to combine them into the new course which reduces duplication and through a modular approach, allows candidates to train in the areas that they need for their professional role,” Susanne Mason, BASIS Training Manager.

The new course sets environmental management in the context of commercial farm practice and is timely, as environmental stewardship will become an increasingly important part of overall farm and land management post Brexit.

The Allerton Project Team, working with other core trainers, have been instrumental in helping BASIS with a review of the course and upgrading the syllabus. The team has successfully delivered the original course since its inception with over 300 people completing and passing the exam.

The core part of the course covers four key areas: farmland wildlife and habitats – conservation and improvement; farming and the wider environment; soil management; and water and environmental protection.

In each area, candidates will learn about the key principles to both protect environmental features and to implement practices that will encourage improvements in flora, fauna, soil health and water quality. The course delivers an understanding of why these issues matter within a commercial farming context.

The revision of the syllabus has also seen the introduction of two specialist modules focusing on Agricultural and Environmental delivery. These specialist modules will also be available to sit at the Allerton Project where aspects of the course will be demonstrated alongside the project’s many years of research and out on a working farm.

The agricultural specialism is designed to outline aspects of integrated farm management. It covers a wide variety of topics including but not limited to importance of pollinators and predatory insects, soil biology and practical pest management plans.

The environmental specialism builds on management of the natural environment for both conservation and commercial use. It will include identification skills, landscape management planning and habitat structure.

2019 Course Programme

Core course and Ag Specialism

Enviro Specialism

Exam Day

22nd-24th Jan

29th Jan

7th Feb

12th-14th Mar

20th Mar

28th Mar

25th-27th Jun

4th Jul

11th Jul

22nd-24th Oct

31st Oct

7th Nov

12th-14th Nov

28th Nov

5th Dec


*additional Ag Specialism course added on 13th June. Exam can be taken on 11th July. 

Details of the course, the individual modules and the full syllabus can be obtained at:

No other qualifications are needed prior to attending this course.

For the core course and agricultural specialism, tuition is three days. The environmental specialism is a one-day course. With an exam day covering all modules a week later.


The three-day course is £499 + VAT, with lunch and refreshments included. The one-day course is £120 + VAT. For the core course and agricultural specialism exam the fee is £214 (inc. VAT) and the environmental specialism exam costing a further £130 (inc. VAT). Course fees will be dealt with via invoicing.

Contact details:

For more information or to book, please contact the Allerton Project team on or 01572 717220.

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