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Crop Technician Standard Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2022

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2022, Apprenticeship


With over 150,000 businesses, the Agriculture & Horticulture industries form the vital starting point for both the food and landscaping industries which account for over 14% of the British GDP. As a result they offer exciting and varied careers in the UK and abroad.

The industry provides unique opportunities for people to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment. Businesses within the industry range from small enterprises through to international organisations.

Work in soil-based systems involves operating large, technically advanced machinery in the open fields. Working outdoors means there is variety and challenges to overcome. Similarly, employees working in container-based systems may work outside but for many, most of the work will be in controlled environments which need monitoring and adapting to suit the growth stage/species growing.

As a Crop Technician you will be responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, whilst maintaining and improving the surrounding environment. You will also need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. Being a Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. Many companies now use automation for a number of routine tasks, which will require technical skills to operate. This Standard provides the opportunity for individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills & behaviours required and follows a ‘core & options’ approach.

There are two course pathways for this Apprenticeship; Soil Based System, or Container Based System. The pathway will be chosen depending on the nature of the organisation you are working in.
This apprenticeship is delivered from our Easton Campus.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4/C in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English

In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded with a Level 3 Crop Technician Apprenticeship Standard, which includes the following;
If not previously achieved, Level 2 in English & Maths
First Aid
PA1 (Safe Use of Pesticides)
PA2 (Ground Crop Sprayer Hydraulic Nozzle)


End Point Assessment

The Apprentice will be ready for End Point Assessment which includes:

Knowledge Test: assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), this test will consist of multiple-choice questions on a computer-based platform. Provisions can be made for paper-based assessments to be made available if reasonable adjustments require this.

Skills Test: assessed over 1 day by an Independent End Point Assessor (IEPA), this assessment will holistically assess skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired throughout the Apprenticeship.

Oral Questioning: assessed by an IEPA following the skills test, to confirm the learners understanding and to obtain further evidence of knowledge. It will extend and amplify the ability demonstrated in the Skills Test.


The impact of this course should support a learner’s progression which may include:

Progression to Level 4 Agriculture Apprenticeship or Agricultural Management BSc (Hons)

Career Progression

The impact of this course should support a learner’s progression which may include:

Continuation, development or promotion at work or within this sector.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or aged 19-24 with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs.

To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email