The National Register or Sprayer Operators (NRoSO) is a VI scheme run on behalf of the VI by City & Guilds.

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NRoSO members collect CPD points each year to show that they are aware of changes in legislation, familiar with best practice and are continuing to learn in their roles as sprayer operators.

NRoSO membership is a requirement of many UK farm assurance schemes and supermarket protocols and as all members hold valid certificates of competence using a NRoSO member to carry out pesticides applications helps to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Use Directive.

NRoSO is managed for the VI by City & Guilds. Visit the NRoSO website where you can find out how to join, get in touch with NRoSO and find a course near you by clicking the logo.


New -  Looking for NRoSO CPD Points?

There's now a handy guide to sources of points from various sources across the industry.  Click here to find out more.



NRoSO Annual Training Event 2022/2023

The 2022- 2023 courses will return with a bit more normality whereby the option to hold face to face events will be the direct decision of the trainer. There will also be the option to hold the event as a webinar depending on the current COVID situation at the time, this will be up to the presenter to decide.

The option of both fruit and arable courses will be made available but with a ‘test and check’ element which members highly valued in their feedback from last year’s ATC. Ten points will be allocated on completion of the test and check, though could take two weeks before this is added to your record. Please note that the fruit course will not be available until the new year.

The Annual Training course will be delivered by NRoSO trained crop protection distributors and freelance trainers between November 1st 2022 to 31st May 2023.

Operators can provide an opportunity to share best practice and identify workable solutions that they could adopt in the future from others attending the event.


NROSO Digital Credentials FAQS

City & Guild recently introduced Digital Credentials for NRoSO Membership and Annual Training Courses.
Here are some answers to FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions):


A digital credential is a documented award by a responsible and authorized body (such as City & Guilds) that has determined that an individual has typically achieved specific learning outcomes relative to a given standard. Credential is an umbrella term that includes degrees, diplomas, licenses, certificates, badges, and professional/industry certifications and membership.

For the past five years City & Guilds has been issuing digital credentials across a growing range of its products and services. In the past 18 months City & Guilds has issued over 150,000 digital credentials – including qualifications in areas such as Leadership & Management, Apprenticeships and the Land based sector. Although we continue to issue paper certificates, we recognise that with the changing world of work, the fact that most people will have multiple jobs during their working life and the rise of a skills-based economy, portable verifiable digital credentials provide significant value to learners by providing a way for them to keep a record of all their achievements as they progress along their chosen career path.

Research that we have carried out with learners has shown that a majority of individuals achieving qualifications would prefer to have a digital record of their achievement, alongside a paper certificate. Overtime we expect this to become the norm however we recognise that this will likely take several years.

Credly is a credential platform that works with credible organisations (such as City & Guilds) to recognise, manage and share professional achievements. They are the world’s leading digital credential service provider, with headquarters in New York, and provide a range of tools to recognise employee or trainee certification and certifying processes.

Some of their current customers include IBM, Amazon web services, Microsoft, Hilton, Google and a number of leading Universities. The Credly platform allows earners to capture all their digital credentials in one place, this means if you earn credentials from multiple organisations, they can be all stored in the central platform.

Simply, follow the instructions in the email from City & Guilds/Credly. If you have not received an email, then please do check your Junk/Spam folders. You will be sent reminders to claim the digital credential 4 days and 12 days after the initial email.

If you don’t want to accept the digital credential, then you can simply ignore the emails. Over the next two weeks, you will be given further opportunities to accept the credential, or you can simply ignore them and your data will then be deleted in line with City & Guilds retention policy.

No, as above, signing up to the digital credential is entirely optional.  The NRoSO scheme will continue to issue both the current paper cards and digital credentials.

There are a whole host of benefits to claiming your digital credential. Below are some of the key reasons

  1. Personal Skills record – over time it will provide you with an opportunity to keep a digital record of all skills including City & Guilds qualifications in one central platform
  2. Verification – each credential can be verified immediately by an employer and/or regulator online with the click of a button. We are currently speaking to Red Tractor about the acceptance of the credentials as part of the farm assurance model.
  3. Sharing - each digital credential can be shared and viewed on a range of social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook to showcase your skills to a wide network
  4. Portable – they can be added to email signatures, websites or downloaded to an iPhone wallet to help promote your skills and demonstrate compliance on your mobile device – with the ability to share with 3rd parties
  5. Complimentary certification – issued alongside current membership cards

As a member of NRoSO City & Guilds holds various pieces of data about each NRoSO member. This data can only be used in relation to the purpose of NRoSO membership and is not shared with other 3rd parties unless it specifically relates to the NRoSO scheme. For example, issuing of Pro Operator magazine.

City & Guilds transfer personal data, for legitimate interest purposes only, to Credly in order for Credly to invite earners to claim their digital credential. For the purpose of issuing digital credentials the only data that is passed to Credly are name, email and the digital credential to be issued. Where City & Guilds transfers personal data outside the United Kingdom, City & Guilds ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place in accordance with Data Protection Law. For further detail on how Credly processes data once a credential is accepted please refer to the Credly privacy via the link Credly Privacy Overview

City & Guilds/NRoSO are providing the service and are working with the world’s leading digital credential service platform provider. There are 2 key reasons for this in that the cost of setting up a credential platform is significant, and the benefit of credentials comes in that over time individuals are able to have a record of all their credentials irrespective of who issued them.

Over the next 12 months we plan to start issuing digital credentials against the suite of NPTC qualifications including both chainsaw and pesticide qualifications. Digital credentials can only be issued to learners whom we hold a current email address for – and individuals will be contacted when these are available for issuing. If you need to provide an updated email – please contact

For more information on what Digital Credentials are and how they can add value to you – please feel free to have a look at our website which has a host of materials to explain the benefits Individuals - Digital Credentials | City & Guilds If you have any further questions related to Digital Credentials– then please contact For general NRoSO queries – please contact