CEVAS Farmer Training

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Over 2,300 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).

CEVAS training

Is CEVAS for me?

CEVAS is suitable for a wide range of people, including farmers, farm staff, 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. Each route consists of three units, the first of which is common to both.

Route diagram

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.

Taster course:If you are unable to commit to a full CEVAS course, or would like an introduction to the fundamental principles of farm visits (for example, health and safety requirements), we offer the option to attend Unit 1 Foundation day at a cost of £65+VAT. You will receive a certificate of attendance and if you choose to pursue the full accreditation, you will be able to do so at a reduced price.

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.

Book your place

Details of upcoming courses are available in the tables below. Thanks to support from NFU Mutual all courses are available at a subsidised rate of £150 + VAT (£180), inclusive of materials, refreshments and lunch and OCN accreditation.

Download and return the CEVAS Booking Form

Return all booking forms to Ian Egginton-Metters, Access To Farms CEVAS, c/o 32 Mendip Drive, Frome, Somerset BA11 2HT.

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

7 March'17 8 March Fairford Park, Fairford GL7 4JH 283
8 March
15 March
Gore Farm, Trent, Sherborne DT9 4SJ 284

Therapeutic route:

First day

Second day


Course code

2 November

3 November

 Sweet Tree Fields Farm, Marsh Lane, London NW7 4EY



Course fees


£150 (+VAT = £180) for the full two day course with accreditation

£85 (+VAT = £102) will be charged for the day 2 therapeutic courses for people who previously undertook the 2 day CEVAS course (when no care farming course was available at the time)

£65 (+VAT = £78) for the ‘foundation’ one day course without accreditation (a 20% reduction on the full 2 day course fee will be allowed if a one day learner books the second day within 6 months of attending the first day)



For more details regarding the courses and venues contact Ian on 01373 302204 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

Supported by NFU Mutual