Level 3

You will also need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. A Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently.

This apprenticeship covers the core requirements of a crop technician and then choice to specialise in either ‘soil based system’ or ‘containerised systems’,

What apprentices will learn

  • Maintaining and operating machinery
  • Preparing growing mediums for maximum yield
  • Controlling pests, weeds and diseases
  • Harvesting techniques
  • Keeping accurate records

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Level 2 in math and English (if applicable)
  • Llevel 2 award in the safe use of pesticides, and one of:
  • Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self propelled equipment
  • Granular applicator equipment
  • Handheld applicator equipment

Delivery model

One day a week learning, skills and knowledge assessment and research work at Plumpton College (term time only). Quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation, assessments and reviews.

End Point Assessment

  • Online multiple choice test
  • Practical demonstration
  • Professional discussion

Apprenticeship Graded

Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction

Entry Requirements:

Maths and English assessment.

Job role suitability assessment.

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.


Typically 24 months


  • Apprentices will have practical workshops at Plumpton’s Lamberts farm consisting of 2000 acres in the most beautiful setting of the South Downs with 300 dairy cow herd, large pig herd and extensive sheep flock and pedigree Sussex beef herd.
  • Access to the latest technology available in the agriculture sector alongside teaching and farm staff that have many years' industry experience and excellent relationships within the local farming community.

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