Register, Membership & Maintaining FAR Status
New to FAR - Steps to Full Membership
- Complete the FAR application form and send this to Carolynn Palasiuk*
- Complete the self-declaration letter. Individual and Sponsoring manager and send back to Carolynn Palasiuk.
- Complete one year’s work experience in the field under the supervision of an experienced staff member.
- Complete the Module 1 and Module 2 Core Competency per area of expertise, ruminant, monogastric and send back to Carolynn Palasiuk.
- Complete the Module 1 and 2 i-validation per area of expertise. Contact Carolynn Palasiuk to gain access. Once successfully completed feed advisers can move onto FAR Module 3.
- FAR Module 3 – contact Carolynn Palasiuk to find out what training sections of Module 3 are available. All available Module 3 sections need to be completed successfully.
- Once successfully completed all of the above the feed adviser can now be categorised as a Full FAR Member.
*Membership costs can be found on the FAR registration form and different fees will apply if you are an AIC member or a non AIC member. If your company is applying for multiple feed advisers to join the scheme in one go please contact Carolynn Palasiuk who can send you an excel spreadsheet.
Please note: You will receive an annual FAR Membership invoice. Please do not pay any fees until an invoice has been sent.
Maintaining FAR Status for 2016/2017
To maintain FAR status and Full Membership for 2016/2017 – The FAR Module 3, section 1 training presentation and i-validation needs to be successfully completed by the 31st December 2016 and the Module 3, section 2 training presentation and i-validation needs to be successfully completed by the 30th April 2017.
FAR Membership fees also need to be paid to maintain FAR status for 2016/2017.
FAR Membership Cards
All registered feed advisers who are ‘Full’ members or ‘Development’ members will have a FAR Membership card. Each Membership card will show the name and photo of the adviser, FAR registration number, employer and expiry date. By viewing the card you will be sure that your feed adviser is registered on the Feed Adviser Register.
FAR Membership Card Categories
1. Full Member – Purple Card
The adviser must meet the admission criteria for FAR and agree to abide by the FAR Professional Code of Conduct. Once the adviser has completed the self-declaration letter, completed all the training and core competencies and paid outstanding fees the ‘Full’ Membership card will be issued.
2. Development Member – Green Card
I. For advisers who joined before the 31st December 2015, who had less than 12 months’ work experience and who hadn’t completed the core competency training were given FAR Development Member status. To gain Full Member status advisers’ must meet the admission criteria of FAR and agree to abide by the FAR Professional Code of Conduct. The adviser must act under the supervision of a more experience adviser when giving advice to gain the one year’s work experience required before progressing any further. The adviser can stay in this category for up to twelve months before they need to complete their Module 1 and 2 core competencies and i-validation.
II. Advisers who joined after 30th April 2016 as a Development Member must meet the admission criteria for FAR and agree to abide by the FAR Professional Code of Conduct. If this has been established the adviser must complete the self-declaration letter and must have one years’ experience in the field under the supervision of a more experienced staff member. Module 1 and 2 core competency template and i-validation and all training for Module 3. The adviser has a maximum of two years to complete this. Once this information is complete the adviser will be considered for ‘Full’ membership of FAR.
Information regarding the advisers’ names and locations will only be passed onto certified members of the Farm Assurance.
Schemes (Red Tractor Scheme) or Approved Stakeholders.
If you do not want your details passed on please can you tick the appropriate box on the application form. The FAR status checker enables farmers or other interested parties to search the FAR database to see if a feed adviser is currently an approved ‘Full Member’ or an approved ‘Development Member’.