Thousands of 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 have welcomed millions of children onto farm. 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 or offers an online alternative delivered through six sessions. 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 accreditation is an Open College Network level 2 award delivered by the Access To Farms (ATF) partnership. It 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.
CEVAS-accredited farmers are also entitled to display the trained personnel logo in recognition of their learning and preparation for safe, high-quality visits and farm experiences.
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.
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, Dairy Pro and Pig 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.
|Full two-day course||£250 + VAT (£300)|
|Pilot online CEVAS Education course at 20% discount||£200 + VAT (£240)|
Booking for all courses closes 3 weeks prior to the course start date, but some courses fill before this, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Course work must be completed within 12 months of the date of the course or an additional fee will be charged.
All courses are delivered under the auspices of Access To Farms. Please note there is a minimum of 6 attendees for the course to go ahead, the course will be deferred if the number is not reached.
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