New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

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Fees-free is available for eligible first-time tertiary learners. Find out if you’re eligible at

Do you have experience in the agriculture industry and looking to move into management?

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of a pastoral or arable farming production systems.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Coordinate agribusiness activities using appropriate technology and a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Benchmark a farm's physical performance against data from industry high performers to identify strategies for improving farm physical and financial performance.

  • Produce routine management reports to inform decision making for a farm production system.

  • Take responsibility for routine maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery, and equipment.

  • Implement and monitor a farm environmental plan.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • hold the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) with strands in Dairy Farming, and Meat and/or Fibre or demonstrate equivalent primary industry experience

  • 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

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or an accepted international equivalence.

All international applicants may be required to undertake an internal NorthTec English language placement test to confirm their current level of English proficiency. This will include writing and speaking components.


New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: TBC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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