FREE | Farming Workplace Operations [Level 3]

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1 year


Level 3

Professional Skills for Primary Industries

This conjoint programme consists of the NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) [Level 3] and the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (with optional Specialist Equipment and Infrastructure strands) [Level 3].

The purpose of these two qualifications is to:

  • Provide the pastoral farming sector with graduates who have a broad theoretical understanding of New Zealand pastoral farming systems and practical capability in the pastoral farming sector.
  • Provide rural workplaces with graduates who have the ability to safely carry out a range of activities ready for operation in a rural workplace, including the use and maintenance of workplace vehicles, machinery, and infrastructure.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Upon graduating you may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example as a milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant, general farm hand, heavy transport operator, orchard harvester, machinery operator; or in other similar roles in rural based workplaces..

On successful completion of this conjoint programme you may choose to continue with your studies by enrolling in the NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Breeding Livestock Farming) [Level 4].


Entry Criteria

  • 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 the latter two situations the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence.

Other Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • 16 years of age at the time the programme commences.
  • Be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.

English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme.  This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including schooling in New Zealand, completion of the relevant New Zealand Certificate in English Language, approved scores on IELTS tests or completion of accepted international equivalents. Specific scores for IELTS and New Zealand Certificates in English Language are as follows:

  • IELTS score of 5.0 (General or Academic) with no band score lower than 5;
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement


During this programme you will develop skills and knowledge covering:

  • Soil plant nutrients
  • Livestock biology / handling / health
  • Safe work practices
  • Sustainable farming systems
  • Safe practices of vehicles
  • Safe practices of machinery
  • Safe practices of infrastructure

As a graduate of the programme you will be able to:

  • Understand key farming ideas and systems
  • Assist with livestock production tasks
  • Utilise technology
  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace hazards
  • Safely use and/or maintain workplace vehicles, machinery and infrastructure


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

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