Course Overview

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Help protect Aotearoa, New Zealand, and earn while you learn!

We have one of the most unique flora and fauna in the world, but sadly other animals continue to threaten it's existence.

We all have a job to help protect what has always been a sacred taonga (treasure), so why not enter the world of conservation and be the kaitiaki (guardian) for nature.

This one-year part-time course is perfect for people who are already working in the industry or want to enter it. We have organisations that need learners to work as employees while studying. They're offering fixed-term work contracts to the correct applicants.   

This course covers everything from:

  • operating vehicles in a rural setting
  • identifying and monitoring threats 
  • communicating, reporting and recording information in the workplace
  • carrying out safe operations 

During your study you'll be supported by a facilitator who will give you access to a range of resources including:

  • online support 
  • face-to-face block courses
  • being available to answer any queries you may have

All while gaining hands-on experience. You'll earn a wage and learn ways to help our native flora and fauna continue to grow. 

If you like the idea of working in our beautiful natural surroundings, come and join a fast-growing industry. An industry that will continue to support and balance the unique biodiversity in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) Rural Pest Control
Locations Rotorua, Whakatāne
Next intake Feb 2024 View more details
Study options

19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time over 34 weeks including holidays

Part-time study available

Total credits 60
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $5,599 for domestic students View full fees information
Eligibility View entry criteria

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Career opportunities

  • Pest/weed control contractor
  • Bushman
  • Private pest controller
  • Contract work

Topics you'll cover

You'll study three compulsory topics:

  • OTHA3007: Health and Safety
  • OTHA3008: Communication and Environmental Impact
  • OTHA3009:  Pest Control

Plus you'll choose two elective topics from the list below:

  • OTHA3010: Quad Bikes
  • OTHA3011: 4WD Vehicles
  • OTHA3012: Light Utility Vehicles
  • OTHA3013: Motorcycles

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $5,599 for domestic students

This course is eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

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Help with fees

Are you Eligible for Free Fees?

There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Waipā Campus 26 Feb 2024 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 26 Feb 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time over 34 weeks including holidays
  • Part-time study available

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