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NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Breeding and Livestock Farming) [Level 4]

Study Options



over 2 years


Level 4

Professional Skills for Primary Industries

Advance your career in the farming sector targeting skills that will allow you to move into a management level position. As a graduate you will have in-depth knowledge and practical skills in farming production systems and be able to benchmark this performance. You will also be able to provide assistance with the management of environmental impacts and take responsibility for day to day management of vehicles, plant and machinery.

This programme is delivered through our partners at Smedley Station, Pukemiro and Waipaoa.


The purpose of this qualification is to provide the pastoral farming sector with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of a pastoral  farming production system.

This qualification is targeted at people who are experienced workers in the agriculture industry and are looking to move into, or are at, a management level position in an agricultural production enterprise.  

Graduates of the Breeding Livestock Farming strand will also be able to:

  • Benchmark performance against data
  • Produce management reports
  • Be responsible for maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment
  • Assist with management of environmental impacts
  • Implement a livestock health, breeding and feeding plan

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Pastoral Livestock Production [Level 3][Ref: 2217], and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Livestock Husbandry) [Level 3] (Dairy, and Meat and Fibre) [Ref: 2214].

This qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management [Level 5]. 


  • February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

On successful completion of the National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4), you may choose to continue with your studies to complete:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industries Production Management [Level 5] 

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.