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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.  

NRoSO Annual Training Event 2019-20

Issues, Ions, Ideas

The annual training event will be available to NRoSO members from the autumn.  

This year’s event is divided into four sections, a summary of the topics is listed below.

1. Current Issues

This covers items that are in the national news and that we feel are worth discussing in more detail. This section will also cover specific local issues that your presenter will tailor to your geographical area or crop production system.

2. Water Conditioning

In this section we will look at water quality, its effect on pesticide performance and the role of water conditioners.

3.Sprayer Maintenance

In this section we will look at sprayer routine maintenance and filtration.

4.Technology and Top-Tips

In this section we will look at application technology and a collection of top tips from Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) finalists.


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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.