Crop Technician (Arable) Apprenticeship

Level 3

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

This apprenticeship covers the core requirements of a crop technician with the specialist ‘soil-based system’ pathway

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 maths and English (if applicable)
  • Level 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

A mix of online knowledge delivery and weekly practical learning at Plumpton College (term time only/ about 30 days yearly) will include skills and knowledge assessment and undertaking practical learning period qualifications. Quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments.

End Point Assessment

  • Online multiple choice test
  • Practical demonstration
  • Professional discussion

Apprenticeship Graded

Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction

Course details


Typically 24 months

Entry Requirements

  • English and maths 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 our Apprenticeships page for guidance on finding and applying for an apprenticeship opportunity or registering for our Talent Bank service.


  • Apprentices will have practical workshops at Plumpton College's Lambert Farm consisting of 2000 acres in the most beautiful setting of the South Downs. With 300 dairy cow herds, 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 with many years of industry experience and excellent local farming community relationships.

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