Ladies, gentlemen, and those of you who are yet to make up your mind, following my DSC1 & DSC2 campfire chat thread (wish I hadn't started that one ) I have decided to go for both DSC1 and DSC2 on the basis that:
1. it will only improve my overall knowledge and ability (can't make me any worse )
2. it will remove at least some of the obstacles currently faced regarding applying for syndicate places or FC lease
3. it will be easier to do it now, by choice, than at some time in an uncertain future where it may become mandatory
4. everyone who I've spoken to so far who has done one or both has only had positive feedback
There are other obvious reasons but it seems to me that if X or Y forms part of a barrier in getting to where you want to be, working towards removing X and Y ought to hasten arrival at the goal state.
I have made tentative enquiries with Jon Snowdon at Greenlee who seems very well spoken of, and he has places for DCS1 in September.
I am not naive enough to consider myself ready to waltz in for either 1 or 2 but can some kind soul confirm whether I am right in thinking that I can "jump start" 2 by accompanying the right people and building up documented evidence ?
If so, how do you go about this ?
Who would I approach, preferably in Northumberland or the eastern Scottish Borders areas ?
Ideally if I take the DSC1 in September I would like to try and get DSC2 under my belt by this time next year.
I have a busy workload and a hectic schedule to manage so, hopefully, I will be able to squeeze it all in.
At this point anyone can feel free to jump in with your hobnails and give me a reality check, if you think it necessary.
Thanks for looking