The Course

You will be responsible for optimising crop yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, while 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.

Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.


  • What You Study

    Core Skills

    • Crop establishment
    • Vehicle operation
    • Crop management
    • Harvest
    • Storage
    • Maintenance and preparation

    Soil-Based Systems

    In addition for soil-based systems there are specific skill requirements:

    • Correctly set machinery and monitoring machine performance for good seed establishment and crop growth
    • Correctly set machinery to match crop and soil condition and quality requirements during harvest
    • Maintenance of non-productive areas

    Specific Knowledge

    • Impact of machinery on soil structure and potential damage.

    Personal Skills

    Apprentices need to develop a diverse set of personal skills and behaviours to ensure success in their chosen profession. These include:

    • Strong work ethic
    • Adaptability
    • Effective communicator
    • Team working
    • Safety awareness.
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment in the agricultural industry.

    It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade C/4 in English and maths.

  • How You’re Assessed

    This apprenticeship has an End Point Assessment (EPA) and is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Progression

    More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.

  • Careers

    On completion of this apprenticeship, Crop Technicians will have the opportunity to progress within the industry into roles such as unit/arable manager, production manager, farm manager.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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