The NRoSO Advisory Board has approved an increase in fees from 1 January 2018 to reflect the overall costs that the scheme incurs. The fees had remained unchanged since 2006, going forward the fees will be reviewed every three years.
NRoSO is administered on a day to day basis by City & Guilds, but it takes advice and direction from the Advisory Board who meet annually. It comprises of industry organisations and associations, farmers, sprayer operators and training providers.
Revised Fees from 1 January 2018:
- Annual Membership £29
- Three year membership £78
- New members joining fee £10
The membership fee includes a levy payable to the Voluntary Initiative (VI). This helps support its ongoing work to promote the responsible use of pesticides to protect water and the wider environment and ensure the availability of professional pesticides in agriculture and horticulture, while avoiding unnecessary regulation in the sector.
Background to the NRoSO Scheme:
The National Register or Sprayer Operators (NRoSO) is a Voluntary Initiative scheme.
NRoSO members collect CPD points each year to show that they are aware of changes in legislation, familiar with best practice and are continuing to learn in their roles as sprayer operators.
NRoSO membership is a requirement of many UK farm assurance schemes and supermarket protocols and as all members hold valid certificates of competence using a NRoSO member to carry out pesticides applications helps to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Use Directive.
NRoSO is managed for the VI by City & Guilds. Visit the NRoSO website where you can find out how to join, get in touch with NRoSO and find a course near you by clinking the logo.
More details can be found on the City and Guilds website here.