Level 2 - 3
Professional Skills for Primary Industries
This conjoint programme of the NZ Certificate in Primary Industries Skills [Level 2] and the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills [Level 3] provides entry level skills for those beginning a career in the primary industries with a focus on commercial fruit production.
During the length of this programme you will be involved in seasonal production tasks as they relate to the fruit production industry in Tairāwhiti. You will develop your knowledge and skill base which will help strengthen your practical application. As a graduate you will be able to undertake such activities as assessing crop health, pruning, irrigation and support structures and effectively communicate within a team.
When you complete the Level 3 programme you will have the skills to safely operate horticultural vehicles and work with different types of machinery and infrastructure.
Career Opportunities and Outcomes
Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:
- Pack house hand
- Orchard crew supervisor
- Machinery operator
On successful completion of the Horticulture Workplace Operations programme you may choose to continue your studies by enrolling in the NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) [Level 3], followed by the NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) [Level 4] and then the NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production [Level 5].
During the length of your studies you will complete the following approved NZQA qualifications:
- NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills [Level 2] 40 credits
- NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills [Level 3] 40 credits
In particular, the programme is designed to:
- Raise skill levels of horticultural staff
- Provide stimulating collegial support for workers in horticulture
- Provide a pathway for ongoing and further study in horticulture
This qualification provides entry level skills for those beginning a career in the primary industries. It is an applied practical programme with most learning happening outside the classroom in orchards.
As a graduate of the programme you will have the skills to safely operate horticultural vehicles and work with different types of machinery and infrastructure.
Within fruit production you will learn:
- Pests and diseases
- Thinning, pruning, spraying and fruit harvesting
You will also learn to operate and maintain a range of horticultural vehicles, machinery and infrastructure in a safe manner, including:
This is an open entry programme which means no formal qualifications are required. You must be aged 16 or over and you are required to have a reasonable reading level in order to cope with the programme and to carry out written instruction.
You must also be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.
English Language Entry Requirement
Applicants are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, approved scores on TOEFL or IELTS (5.0 Academic) tests, completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.
Various start dates throughout the year commencing in February.
Please contact the Programme Secretary for details on 06 869 3073 or email@example.com
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