Advanced Agriculture Training Programme (AATP)


This course will take place at a venue convenient to you over one week. It has been developed for professionals working in agriculture food and related sectors and will deliver advanced knowledge to improve your arable and horticultural practical skills to improve crop management, while learning about developments in UK agriculture


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Course details

Advanced agriculture training programme
Designed for
Individuals working in the agriculture, inputs supply companies, associates sectors, agriculture extension departments, early career scientists, who want to build on their knowledge of practical agricultural production with experts from an internationally recognised institution from United Kingdom. This practical course covers the essential skills required to ensure profitable agriculture production, and gain an understanding of the new technologies that are influencing the future of farming and impact of climate change.
Entry requirement
An entry level course best suited to those who have an awareness of the agriculture sector and its challenges. Working knowledge of English is essential.
Dates and locations
Organised on request at a venue convenient to you
£1,500 (includes attendance at the course, course material, working lunches and farm visits). Price excludes accommodation and food.
Five days
CPD points
There are no CPD points associated with this course
This course is taught by leading agronomists, soil scientists and others working with NIAB.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be equipped with the understanding of:

  • The essentials of good soil management
  • Crop growth & development, and the basics of crop nutrition
  • Biotic and abiotic stresses 
  • How to control pests and weeds
  • Current and future agricultural technologies including smart agriculture and how they will influence the future of agriculture and food production across the world
  • How leading farming businesses apply technical knowledge to achieve better production and profitability

 The participants will be awarded a certificate of participation on completion of the course.


Module 1 – Best practice soil management

  • Managing soils in the crop rotation, soil organic matter
  • Different soil types, their management and limitations
  • How to take practical soil assessments
  • Strategies to enhance soil fertility and quality


Module 2 – Crop growth, development and nutrition

  • Fundamental physiological processes
  • Crop growth and development through the season
  • Crop nutrition - applying organic and chemical fertilisers
  • Fertilisation strategies to enhance nutrient availability
  • Foliage fertiliser application


Module 3 –Control of weeds and pests

  • Identifying major pests and weeds
  • Technical tools, strategies and innovative solutions to tackle the problem
  • Chemical and non-chemical control options
  • Pesticide mode of action and resistance issues
  • Minimises use of pesticides through designing integrated control strategies through crop rotation
  • Impacts of climate change


Module 4 – An introduction to conducting successful field trials

  • Basic principles of field trials establishment
  • Practical aspects of field trials work


Other activities

  • Visit local farming business
  • Visit a horticultural research station
  • Communicating with farmers workshop
  • Evening tour of Cambridge
  • Day out in London


This course is taught by leading agronomists, soil scientists and others working with NIAB and its partner organisations who are accredited trainers in NIAB’s ARTIS training platform. NIAB is a major international centre for plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy, with nearly 100 years of experience and an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. See