CEVAS Farmer Training



Over 2,400 farmers and farm educators have undergone CEVAS, an accredited training programme for anyone wanting to provide education or therapeutic (care farming) experiences on a farm or countryside location. CEVAS-trained farmers welcome ½ million school children onto farm every year. 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.

What is CEVAS?

CEVAS (the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) involves two days' attendance at a farm or countryside location where you will learn about the practicalities involved in hosting visits, how food and farming can be incorporated into the school curriculum, and how to communicate effectively with both teachers and pupils. With the help of your tutor you will gather useful documents into a portfolio which is then submitted for accreditation. We help you every step of the way!

CEVAS includes an OCN Level 2 award and then CEVAS accreditation, developed with members of the Access to Farms partnership, is not only useful for personal development but is also recognised by a number of insurers, schools and local authorities as a mark of good practice. It is usually heavily discounted thanks to sponsorship and donations.

Training is coordinated and delivered by the Access to Farms partnership and accredited by Credit4Learning, part of the Open College Network (OCN). CEVAS-accredited farmers are also entitled to display the trained personnel logo in recognition of their learning and preparation for high-quality visits and farm experiences.

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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?


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.

CEVAS counts towards your BASIS or Dairy Pro points

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. For Pig Pro farmers once you have completed your CEVAS course you will receive 10 hours towards your online training record.


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 LEAF 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 from January 2019 at a highly subsidised rate of £200 + VAT (£240), inclusive of materials, refreshments and OCN accreditation. For those able and eligible to undertake distance learning the fee is £300 + VAT (£360) due to 1:1 element of the course and additional costs associated.

For new learners:     
   Base subsidised fee:  Where additional subsidy is available
 Full two-day course  £250 + VAT (£300)  £200 + VAT (£240)
 Distance Learning*  £300 + VAT (£360)  
* 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

£250 + VAT (£300)  £200 + VAT (£240)

** 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.

Further therapeutic route courses are being arranged for autumn 2019 and for both routes in spring 2020; if you wish to be notified please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Educational route

First day

Second day


Course code


Booking (opens Google form)

4 Feb 2020 5 Feb Shimpling Park Farm, Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds IP294HY 318

£200 +VAT

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2 March 9 March Lower Sizergh Farm, Lower Sizergh,Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8AE 319

£200 +VAT

Click to book
4 March
5 March Home Farm, Stoney Stoke, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 8HY 314

£200 +VAT

Click to book

31 March
7 April Dorrington Hall Farm, Dorrington Lane, Woore, Cheshire CW3 9RR 312

£200 +VAT

Click to book

10 November 2020 11 November 2020 Houghton Farm, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LW 321

£200 +VAT

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- - Distance Learning Option DL

£300 +VAT

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Therapeutic Route

First day

Second day


Course code


Booking (opens Google form)

17 March'20 18 March
Askefield Care Farm, Howgarth Lane, Friskney, Boston PE22 8PQ
320 £200 +VAT Click to book
- - Distance Learning Option DL £300 +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. Please note there is a minimum of 8 attendees for the course to go ahead, the course will be deferred if the number is not reached.


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