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

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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. 

Note: The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022. For courses continuing/starting after 1 January 2023, partial or full fees may apply.

Zoom in to Management

Are you a manager or looking to advance into management role? This programme is designed to apply to a wide range of businesses in the primary sector, including agriculture, horticulture, pest and conservation contractors, apiculture, forestry and fencing contractors. Classes are conducted using Zoom so you can easily join from your home, office or anywhere that has an Internet connection. Learning material is accessed through our online learning platform. This programme will teach you the latest business management techniques.

  • 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. 

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 this Diploma provide vital business skills and knowledge for those in the industry. 

  • 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.

What will I learn?

The New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management (Level 5) 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 120 credits

Courses Level Credits
5566.5001 - Business Leadership And Management 5 15
5566.5002 - Management Accounting and Finance 5 15
5566.5003 - Human Resource Management 5 15
5566.5004 - Environment and Sustainability 5 15
5566.5005 - Health, Safety and Wellbeing 5 15
5566.5006 - Strategic Management and Planning 5 15
5566.5007 - Primary Industry Business Planning 5 30

Career opportunities and pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment in a management or supervisory role in a range of primary industries. Graduates of this qualification may progress to relevant qualifications at Level 6 or above in business management.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 20 years old at the time the programme commences

  • have access to financial and production performance information about a specific primary industry business

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalent.

Qualifications gained

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

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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Part time


2 years part-time

Start Dates

March 2022
August 2022

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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