What does being an accredited advisor mean?
Only those advisers who are quality assured and receive accreditation are able to deliver grant-aided advice under the Farm Advisory Service.
Why should I become accredited?
Accredited advisors have access to new work opportunities across Scotland. They benefit from external technical assessment and soft skills monitoring which highlights areas of development and boosts the skills of advisors. They also have access to CPD events and receive communications providing updates on key developments.
Becoming an advisor
Who can become an advisor?
Accreditation is open to anyone who meets the criteria, including technical, business management and consultancy skills. Only accredited advisers can deliver advice under the Farm Advisory Service.
Why become an advisor
- Have access to new work opportunities
- Have access to CPD events and receive communications providing updates on key developments
- As an accredited adviser, clients will be directed to you, so they seek out your skills and services.
Becoming an advisor
Are you interested in using your skills to deliver advice? If you meet the following criteria, apply to be an accredited advisor today:
- Educated to a minimum of HND level or equivalent
- Proven track record of delivering business management advice, with the equivalent of at least 2 years full-time delivery of business management consultancy
- Proven ability to establish, appraise and understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of a business
- Experience of developing potential strategies and plans to enhance business performance
- Current knowledge and experience of the agricultural industry including the key regulatory, environmental and subsidy regimes in Scotland.
- Core competencies: Client focussed; Credible and influential; Good critical reasoning skills; Excellent communication and planning skills; Driven and enthusiastic; IT literate with access to computer, email and telephone
- Can demonstrate current Professional Indemnity Insurance.
What are the benefits of accreditation?
- Access to market: Only accredited advisers can deliver grant-aided advice. Accreditation gives quality assurance and shows that you meet the strict criteria
- Training and Development: Commitment to CPD keeps your skills up-to-date
- You will be added to the database of accredited advisers.
How much does accreditation cost?
The annual accreditation fee is £200 + VAT for an advisor and £75 + VAT for an associate.
What is the accreditation process?
To apply you need to complete an application form and provide evidence of educational qualifications, business management skills and technical knowledge. You will need to provide copies of recently completed anonymous business plans. These should contain at least two farm business plans.
How do I apply?
You can get the handbook and application form by calling 01738 310164, emailing us or writing to us at: The Registrar, FBAASS, Lantra, Inveralmond Business Centre, Auld Bond Road, Perth PH1 3FX