New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)

Conjoint with New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

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About this programme

This programme will teach you a range of skills you’ll need for employment in New Zealand’s pastoral farming sector. It’ll prepare you for the workforce by teaching you the skills and knowledge which agricultural employers really value, so you'll be able to perform well and advance your career.

You’ll be able to assist with key livestock production tasks, use farming-related technology, and assess and minimise risks to yourself, other workers and machinery. With a sound understanding of farming theories, you’ll be able to apply sustainable practise on the farm.

The programme will give you plenty of practice in activities which require the use of farm vehicles and machines.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • use and maintaining agricultural vehicles and machinery in the workplace

  • use machinery efficiently and within health and safety requirements

  • identify workplace hazards, and manage them effectively

  • apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems

  • assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context

  • utilise technology within pastoral farming systems

  • apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems.

Admission information

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Qualifications gained

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3), and New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: 18 Oct 2021

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code

NZ2220 & NZ2215

Phone 0800 162 100
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