CEVAS Farmer Training



Over 2,400 farmers have now passed through a CEVAS course and are entitled to display the trained personnel logo in recognition of their learning and preparation for high quality visits and farm experiences.

What is CEVAS?

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Training is coordinated and delivered by the Access to Farms partnership, and accredited by Credit4Learning, part of the Open College Network (OCN).

For successfully completing your CEVAS those of you that are registered with BASIS or Dairy Pro will be awarded 4 BASIS points or 24 Dairy Pro points (20 for the course and 4 additional points for the full CEVAS accreditation). For Dairy Pro farmers once you have completed your CEVAS course you will become Dairy Pro Endorsed.


CEVAS training

Is CEVAS for me?

CEVAS is suitable for a wide range of people, including farmers, farm staff, care farmers, volunteers, advisers, carers and teachers/teaching assistants.

If you answer Yes to any of the following questions, you could benefit from the training and development opportunities offered by a CEVAS course:

  • Are you a farmer who encourages educational or therapeutic visits to your farm?
  • Or are you thinking of making your farm available to visitors in the future?
  • Have you thought about making your farm available to young people or adults with a variety of needs?
  • Do you co-ordinate visits to farms and the countryside for a school or other organisation?

 Read one farmer's story on choosing to become accredited.

What does CEVAS training involve?

There are two available routes: an Educational Route that covers mainly school visits with educational aims and outcomes, and a Therapeutic Route that covers a wide range of visitors with mainly therapeutic aims and outcomes (care farming). Each route consists of three units, the first of which is common to both.

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In between the sessions, learners are asked to gather or create supporting evidence, such as a risk assessment. In order to be accredited, each learner will produce a portfolio of materials for assessment.

What other help is available?

Course materials containing information sheets, templates and examples of evidence will be provided.

Useful information is hosted on the Countryside Classroom and FACE (Farming And Countryside Education) websites, and individual ATF partner organisations will also offer advice and support. The therapeutic route provides an introduction to the care farming Code of Practice but Code approval requires further work here.

Book your place

Details of upcoming courses are available in the tables below. Thanks to support from NFU Mutual Charitable Trust most courses are currently available at a highly subsidised rate of £150 + VAT (£180), inclusive of materials, refreshments and OCN accreditation. For those able and eligible to undertake distance learning the fee is £250 + VAT (£300) due to 1:1 element of the course and additional costs associated.

From January 2019 subsidised course fees will be £200 + VAT (£240), those that book and pay prior to two weeks before the course will receive a 10% discount.

For new learners:     
   Base subsidised fee:  Where additional subsidy is available
 Full two-day course  £250 + VAT (£300)  £150 + VAT (£180)
 Distance Learning*  £250 + VAT (£300)  
* Please discuss this with us first; only suitable for people with appropriate prior learning

If you have previously attended a CEVAS course**:

(you may wish to update the Education route or undertake the Therapeutic route)


Whether choosing to attend

both days or just the 2nd day

£175 + VAT (£210)  £150 + VAT (£180)

** previous learners MUST have completed the course not more than 18 months before the start of the next one, AND must have already received their certificate


Upcoming courses

NB The closing date for bookings is two weeks before the course starts, but some courses fill before this, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Educational route

First day

Second day


Course code


Booking (opens Google form)

9 Oct 16 Oct National Trust Shugborough Hall, Great Haywood, Milford, Staffordshire ST17 0XB [NB this course is now FULL] 300 £180 inc VAT Click to book 
30 Oct 31 Oct National Trust, Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW 301 £180 inc VAT  Click to book
13 Nov 14 Nov Farm Inspiration Trust, The Field Station, Wytham, Oxford OX2 8QJ 305 £180 inc VAT Click to book 
13 Nov
20 Nov Westmorland County Ag Soc, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Cumbria LA7 7NH [NB this course is now FULL] 296 £180 inc VAT Course now FULL
19 Nov 20 Nov Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5DJ 304 £180 inc VAT Click to book 
- - Distance Learning Option DL £300 inc VAT Click to book

Therapeutic route:

First day

Second day


Course code


Booking (opens Google forms)

11 October 18 October Elm Tree Farm, Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1AA [NB only 4 places remaining] 299 £180 inc VAT Click to book
16 October
17 October
Clynfyw Care Farm, Abercych, Pembrokeshire SA37 0HF 298 £180 inc VAT  Click to book
5 November 6 Nov. Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh EH11 2LA 303 £180 inc VAT Click to book 
 - Distance Learning Option DL £300 inc VAT   Click to book


For more details regarding the courses and venues contact Ian on 07939 230053 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you would like to be notified when new courses are arranged please send an email with your full contact details to Ian above.

All courses are delivered under the auspices of Access To Farms


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