New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5)

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If you’re in a decision-making role on a farm or wanting to step up, this programme will teach you the latest business management techniques. It’s offered part-time, using a blended delivery online with guest lectures and tutorials to cater for those working in the industry.

  • Enables you to achieve your business and career goals faster 

  • Gives you the confidence to present your agribusiness in the best light possible to your bank, accountant and other rural professionals 

  • Allows you to take control of your business and make decisions with confidence, based on sound judgement 

  • Is an industry-recognised qualification 

  • Includes a full analysis of your business. You’ll be able to directly apply what you’ve learnt to your own agribusiness. 

Students can complete a series of professional development courses to gain the Diploma in Agribusiness Management. The courses are:

  • Facilitated by highly experienced agribusiness practitioners

  • Interactive, discussion based tutorials – learn from your peers

  • Relevant learning – use your farm business as a case study

  • Locally run tutorials – flexible to fit the farm work day

  • Nationally recognised and supported by industry bodies.

Working in partnership

Farmers, horticulturalists and other agribusiness decision makers now have a completely new way to gain business skills, following the formation of a partnership between Primary ITO and NorthTec. Increasing the agribusiness skills of the primary industry is the focus of an initiative involving DairyNZ, Primary ITO and NorthTec.  Formal qualifications such as the Diploma in Agribusiness Management provide vital business skills and knowledge for those in the industry. 

What will I learn?

The Diploma in Agribusiness Management is the focus of an initiative involving DairyNZ, Primary ITO and NorthTec.  The organisations have joined forces to support agribusiness owners and managers to build their knowledge and skills - creating a productive, sustainable future for the industry.

  • Compile and integrate whole business information about an agribusiness to critically analyse performance and identify opportunities for improvement 

  • Manage the financial requirements of an agribusiness 

  • Manage staffing requirements in an agribusiness

  • Manage natural and/or physical resources for agribusiness sustainability

Courses in this programme

To complete this programme, students must achieve a minimum of 150 credits

Courses Level Credits
5566.0001 - Agribusiness Planning 5 30
5566.0002 - Financial Management 5 30
5566.0003 - Resource Management 5 30
5566.0004 - Human Resource Management 5 30
5566.0005 - Agribusiness Report 5 30

Career opportunities and pathways

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in management and supervisory positions in a range of agribusinesses.

Workload & schedule

Delivery is a blend of face to face workshops, tutorials, web enhanced learning with web supported resources and self-directed learning.

Entry requirements

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification however learners must have access to a functioning agribusiness to enable them to engage with the context related learning.

Qualifications gained

New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management 

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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Part time


2.5 years

Start Dates

NZ-wide: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $3,516.55

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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