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What is NRoSO?

A central register of sprayer operators using Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a means of ensuring ongoing training.

Who Can Join?

The scheme is open to anybody who holds an appropriate certificate of competence qualification approved by the Chemical Regulations Directorate (CRD) for the safe application of pesticides.

Please note that the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 removed the Grandfather Rights exemption on 26 November 2015.  After this date everyone who uses plant protection products authorised for professional use is required to hold a CRD recognised certificate of competence.  (ATB Training Certificates and other evidence of training are not acceptable).

What is involved?

As a member you are required to collect 30 or more Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points in each three-year period to qualify for membership renewal. A wide range of CPD events and courses are approved for NRoSO members. Events and courses are publicised in the agricultural press, by colleges, in local training providers’ newsletters and under the events section of this website.

What are the responsibilities of Members?

Members must:

- Ensure that any equipment is being used in accordance with current legislation.

- Have due regard to any environmental impact.

- Give priority to the health and safety of bystanders and those that purchase/use/consume crops being treated.

- Use equipment that affords relevant protection to operators under current health & safety legislation.  

Covid-19 - Update regarding office and staff

In light of the current situation we find ourselves in unprecedented times, we would like to assure you we continue to administer your memberships and remain available via call and email to answer any queries you may have concerning your membership. We ask for your support at this time by any sending correspondence such as CPD evidence via email to Postal submissions will be actioned but may be delayed.

Payments can be made via your online secure login, bank transfer, Direct Debit we would ask you refrain from making payments by cheque at this time.

If you do not have access to your secure login please call the team on 02476 857300 and they will be happy to add this for you, this will allow access to the secure site allowing you to view and upload CPD and make secure online payments.

We will continue to issue letters and memberships cards whilst the postal service is available. If you have any questions or need assistance please do let the team know via the number above or

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The NRoSO website has useful features to help you manage your membership

To access the benefits of a faster and more efficient membership we need to make sure we have recorded your email address.  Please send your name, your  NRoSO membership number and your e-mail address to

  • Online access to CPD statements
  • Online renewal payments for members/employers
  • Online set-up of direct debits
  • Renewal statements sent via e-mail
  • Effective tool for employers to manage multiple memberships
  • New members/employers can join the scheme via online registration form

 Renewing on line
A secure payment system enables members and employers to renew on line, allocating the payment immediately to the membership record.  There are two options, direct debit for annual payments, and debit/credit card for annual/three yearly renewals. When your renewal reminder arrives, why not renew on line and save time and postage?

Joining on Line
If an applicant has recently taken their pesticide application qualification they will need to wait until they have received their certificates before they are eligible to join.  

New members who have completed a certificate of competence for an application qualification in the Safe Use of Pesticides can claim eight points providing the member joins within 12 months of certification.

You may be asked to provide a copy of your approved pesticide certificate of competence certificate to support your membership application.