Ka Hao te Rangatahi – Ecological Landcare

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25 weeks


Level 2-3

Protect your Environment

This conjoint programme (NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills [Level 2] and NZ Certificate in Agriculture Vehicle, Machinery and Infrastructure) [Level 3] provides entry level skills for those beginning a career in the primary industries with a focus on ecological land management. It is an applied practical programme with most learning happening outside the classroom at local conservation land or Marae.

Students must be prepared to get their hands dirty and be able to complete physical work.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to obtain entry level roles in the primary sector, for example pruner, harvester, junior farm assistant, conservation worker, fencer, orchard worker, vineyard hand, assistant gardener or nursery worker.


The Ecological Land Care Programme is a combination of EIT’s Primary Industries (40 credits, 12 weeks) and VMI (45 credits, 13 weeks) courses. For students aged between 16 to 24 this course comprises of some classroom-based work and research on relevant topics, with the majority of the practical training occurring on-job in appropriate outdoor class room sites within the Waiapu catchment area.

Ecological education elements will be strengthened with online resources available through DOCLearn and other relevant speakers and guests. Additional ecological management training courses will also be delivered by Nga Whenua Rahui at appropriate times during the training. Valuing adding and wrap-around context elements will be folded in through relationships with Waiapu Accord partners.

To create a holistic ecological land management programme, funding has been sourced to add additional training elements to this outstanding programme. Full pastoral care for all students will be provided for up to 12 months.


Primary Industries Skills

Vehicle, Machinery and Infrastructure

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Entry Requirements

The NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills is an open entry programme which means no formal qualifications are required. You must be aged between 16 and 24 at the time the programme commences. You are required to have a reasonable reading level in order to cope with the programme and to carry out written instruction and, be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (VMI) requires NCEA Level 1 or; A qualification at Level 1 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or

Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA Level 1. (In this case the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence).

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