Avalon Assessments Ltd are the Assessment Centre for Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. We provide a wide range of NPTC Examinations, certifying the competence of individuals across a variety of land-based skills.

Each assessment is designed to ensure candidates have the appropriate technical knowledge and practical ability to use the required machines and equipment both sensibly and responsibly. Our examinations are easy to book and can be arranged at your work place or at our testing centres.

In addition, our examinations are ideal for both individuals and employers, providing a step towards achieving the Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) (1998).

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We are approved providers of NPTC examintations...

NPTC examinations are designed to promote competence and professionalism in the workforce of the land-based and related industries by the encouragement of continuous learning and the recognition of skill.

The National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) is the largest nationally recognised awarding body within the landbased sector with a history going back to the Young Farmer's Club Movement in the 1930s when the achievement of skill was encouraged through competitions at club, region and county level.

NPTC has been at the forefront of developments for Craftsman awards under the Agricultural Wages Order, statutory and code of practice qualifications for the safe use of pesticides, sheep dipping, chainsaw operation and transport of livestock, required by the Pesticide Safety Directorate, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, DEFRA, the HSE and other government agencies and national bodies.

More recently NPTC has been a key supporter of the Voluntary Initiative seeking to reduce the impact of pesticides on the environment through participation in the National Register of Sprayer Operators, the National Sprayer Testing Scheme and other projects within the VI.

NPTC works closely with Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for landbased training and education, to ensure that qualifications are current and reflective of the industry's needs.  In addition NPTC is frequently commissioned to develop customer awards for companies, trainers and other organisations that have a very specific training need that can realise added credibility by the rigour and discipline of management through an independent awarding body.