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Continual Professional Development (CPD) event types

There are several different types of events, courses and meetings that collect CPD points. The accordions below show the range available.

To enable CPD points to be added to your membership record, you will need to sign and provide your NRoSO membership number on the attendance register at the event, course or meeting. You will not gain the relevant NRoSO points for the event without being on the attendance register at an event. Attending the same event twice will not allow you to achieve double the CPD points.

Pesticide Assessment (8 points per qualification)

Pesticide assessment (Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides) - 8 points can be claimed for achieving an application qualification providing the member joins within twelve months of certification (for new members only). Each additional application qualification (PA2 - PA13 and Level 3 Responsible Pesticide Management Award) achieved will be awarded a further 8 NRoSO points, evidence will need to be provided of this by sending in a copy of your Certificate of Competence once you have received this.

If you have achieved any other CRD specified Certificate you will need to notify us and provide evidence of this regarding all CoC courses.

Meeting with an agronomist (2 points per meeting, 4 per membership year)

This could involve a range of activities, including discussing crop protection and environmental concerns with an agronomist. A form (‘Record of meetings with Agronomist/Technical Advisor for the allocation of CPD points’) exists specifically for this purpose and will be included within your membership pack. This form can also be accessed here. The form needs to be returned within three months of the meeting.

Technical Updates / Seminars / Conferences (1 - 7 points)

Specific briefings on pesticide products, application equipment, updates on legislation/ techniques/etc are included with points allocated depending on the length and content of the course.

Company Internal Update (1 - 6 points)

Company internal updates can qualify with points allocated depending on the length and content of the course.

Open Technical Events (2 – 6 points)

These are divided into two groups: either specific,

  • technically guided demonstrations or,
  • trials and knowledge trails which can attract up to six CPD points.

Relevant events with no guidance given are awarded two points.

Membership of an organisation providing technical notes or subscription to journals (two points)

This includes membership or subscription to agronomy companies or industry specialised publications. Details for claiming points will be within the newsletter or submitted by the author. Weekly/monthly paid for trade publications are not included.

Online Distance Learning (2 points)

The use of the internet as a “distance learning” tool will be eligible for CPD points, as long as there is an approved assessment system accepted by NRoSO.

Attending NSTS test (3 points per meeting, 1 per year)

Three CPD points are available for members who attend and are actively involved in an NSTS (National Sprayer Testing Scheme) test. All members will be issued with a form to record attendance at the NSTS test, which the registered tester will be required to sign. The form and guidance notes can be found on the dedicated document. For any queries relating to the test, please directly call NSTS on 08456 448748.

NRoSO Annual Training Event (10 points) (1 annual training event per year)

Members attending this half-day event are entitled to 10 CPD points. This event runs throughout the majority of the UK from November to March (this may differ in certain parts of the country). Details of where these events are being held can either be obtained through speaking to your agronomist, visiting agricultural websites such as Agrii, Agrovista, Hutchinsons or alternatively looking at the NRoSO website.

The course is designed for use with farmers and sprayer operators working on arable, mixed and vegetable farms.  Specially adapted versions of the course, suitable for those working with fruit and protected crops, will also be available. Delegates will receive a comprehensive delegate workbook and a range of relevant supporting materials. The half-day course will be delivered by NRoSO trained crop protection distributors and freelance trainers.

Operators can share tips and solutions that work for them and learn about best practice techniques that they could adopt in the future from others attending the event.

Participative Training / PA Refresher Training (1 - 6 points)

Participative training includes activities that involve a significant amount of trainee involvement. As a consequence, numbers should not normally be more than 15 per trainer, otherwise participation by trainees within the group will be limited. Where numbers exceed 15 trainees (per trainer), the training event will normally be classified as a seminar of conference, attracting a lower points rating.

PA Refresher Training will offer members the chance to refresh their PA application skills as well as keeping up to date with current legislation. The course will be based on the current PA qualification suite and will need to involve a significant amount of trainee involvement. Dependent on the length of the event, a member can claim up to six points.

Ei Operator online learning (2 - 8 points)

NRoSO members can access an exclusive Ei Operator training course worth two CPD points, free of charge. Simply watch the video, take the test and earn two CPD points.

To access additional training with a further six NRoSO CPD points you can also opt in to become an EiO subscriber for just £30 a year (UK). Sign up with your membership number at the dedicated webpage.

Where do I send my CPD evidence?

The preferred method for evidence of attendance of events, courses, NSTS test, meetings with your agronomist or subscriptions/publications is via the secure online log-in. Alternatively, evidence can be submitted to us either at the address below or scanned and sent via e-mail to

All paperwork is securely destroyed once processed so please only send photocopies and keep original documents for your own records.

Please clearly mark the paperwork with your NRoSO membership number.

NRoSO Support Team,
City & Guilds,
4 Red Hall Court,
Paragon Business Village,

Application for CPD points for event/course/meeting organisers

Use this form to apply for your pesticide related event, course or meeting to be allocated CPD points.

To enable us to accurately allocate points to an event, please note we need the relevant information with your application form. For the integrity of the scheme, training events must contain pesticide-related 
content to be eligible for NRoSO CPD points. The content of training events should ideally include some or all of the following:

  • Legislation
  • Application Equipment
  • Environment Safety (including flora, acquatic life and wildlife, air water soil
  • Protection in respect of crop protection)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (in respect of pesticide use)
  • Crop Protection Technology
  • Plant Protection
  • Integrated Crop Management

Complete the applications for CPD form

Agronomist meeting form

Read the guidance notes, the features of a good meeting, and use the form to provide a record of the meeting.

Complete the agronomist meeting form

Notification of Mitigating Circumstances

Complete the form

Trade show guidance

Trade shows need to have an element of ‘interactive learning’ to be awarded NRoSO points.

Read this guidance on how to make your trade show interactive