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Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC)

The Field Identification Skills Certificate is a test that determines your botanical skill level on a scale from 1 (beginner) to 5 (professional) with 6 being awarded in exceptional cases. It is becoming established as the industry standard for assessing botanical survey skills.

A FISC lasts a day. Each test starts with a lab session, where the candidates are asked to name fresh specimens of 30 species collected around the British Isles. Next there is a site survey, where you spend a couple of hours recording as much as you can in a small, interesting site. We then compare what you have identified with what we know occurs there and work out what skill level you have.

Please visit the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland’s website for further information about FISCs:   https://bsbi.org/field-skills

FSC is running the following FISC courses: