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.


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.

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].


There is one entry date per year:

  • February



Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

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