Course Overview

*This course has no course fees.

The primary industries sector is booming in New Zealand, and now’s the time to take advantage of the career paths that are on offer.

This 15-week taster course will help you learn the basics and set you up for an exciting career outdoors. You'll get a real taste of what it’s like to work in the horticulture and farming industries as well as discover the vast career opportunities that are on offer.

There's a balance of theory and practical sessions that give you the entry level skills you need for your first job or it can lead on to further study.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)
Locations Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whakatāne
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

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

27 weeks part-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Total credits 40
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees No tuition fees for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Entry-level roles in the primary sector, such as:

  • relief milker
  • junior farm assistant
  • turf labourer
  • orchard worker
  • vineyard hand
  • assistant gardener
  • nursery worker
  • junior shepherd
  • in a forestry planting team
  • in a post harvest pack house role

Topics you'll cover

This course covers a range of primary industry skills from practical production tasks to an in-depth look at a range of primary industry workplaces and may include:

  • safe work practices for the primary industry
  • basic fencing repairs and maintenance
  • mixing and applying agrichemicals, and using spray equipment
  • handling livestock
  • riparian and revegetation planting
  • plant propagation and garden maintenance
  • tools and small engine maintenance
  • apiculture tasks
  • understanding weather information

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * No tuition fees for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and 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.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

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 in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQA Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Waipā Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Taupō Taupō Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tokoroa Tokoroa Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 15 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • 27 weeks part-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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