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Agricultural inspector

Agricultural inspectors are responsible for the standards and regulations in farming.
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What does an agricultural inspector do?

An agricultural inspector makes sure the food we eat is safe and high quality. They visit farms, dairies and other agricultural workplaces to check rules for animal welfare, production methods and health & safety are being followed. You could work for a variety of agencies, including:

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – checking  occupational health & safety laws are being followed
  • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – making sure UK and EU laws are being followed
  • Assured Food Standards (known as the Red Tractor scheme) – checking agricultural practice meets the Assured Food Standards

What do I need to do to become an agricultural inspector?

You usually need A levels or equivalent qualifications and two years’ relevant work experience. Some employers may want you to have a degree (relevant subjects include maths, science and engineering) or equivalent professional qualification. 


Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Problem solving

Academic route

  • A levels or equivalent. Some employers may want a degree level qualification.

Vocational route

  • Relevant Level 3 course

Related subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Maths

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Where could I be working?

Inspectors are office-based, but you would be frequently travelling, spending at least half your time visiting workplaces. Conditions on some visits can be noisy and dirty, and you should be able to cope with strong smells. 


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