Course Overview

Want to grow your business? The New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management will help get your business moving forward.

Ideally suited to business owners or people wanting to move into management roles. This course will give you the knowledge and practical skills to streamline your business and increase returns. Designed to be flexible with work, this course can be completed part-time over two to three years.

You learn about general farm and orchard planning, financial management and sustainable farming practices, and hear from guest speakers in the agricultural and financial sector. You also analyse your own systems and processes to identify where you can improve outputs each month.

This course is about sharpening your skills and knowledge so you can turn your business into a highly profitable player in New Zealand's booming primary sector.

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management (Level 5)
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Study options

15 months part-time

This course is designed for people already working in the agriculture industry.
Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees To be confirmed for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Supervisory and management roles in pastoral and arable farming, horticulture, and other agribusiness operations.

Topics you'll cover

  • Sustainable Resource Management in Primary Industries
  • Human Resource Management in Primary Industry
  • Risk Management in Primary Industries
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management for Primary Industries
  • Taxation for Primary Industries
  • Business Planning in Primary Industries
  • Financial Analysis for Primary Industries
  • Primary Industry Property Report

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * To be confirmed 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

You will need:

  • a Level 3 or 4 industry-related qualification or equivalent, OR evidence of ability to meet academic requirements,
  • relevant industry experience.

You must be employed in the agriculture industry and/or have unlimited access to an appropriate business.

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.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 15 months part-time
  • This course is designed for people already working in the agriculture industry.

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • further study at diploma or degree level in agriculture, horticulture, science and related-disciplines.