FREE | NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture / Ecology / Horticulture) [Level 2]

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12 weeks


Level 2

Professional Skills for Primary Industry

The NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture/Ecology/Horticulture) [Level 2] provides entry level skills for those beginning a career in the primary industries.





The NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture/Ecology/Horticulture) [Level 2] is an applied, practical programme with most learning happening outside the classroom at local community gardens, Marae, orchards and on farm. You must be prepared to get your hands dirty and be able to complete physical work.

Depending on what cohort you enrol in you could learn any of the following subject areas at an introductory level:

  • Horticulture
  • Fruit Production
  • Maara Kai
  • Fencing
  • Farming
  • Beekeeping
  • Water Quality
  • Land Ecology
  • Natural Earth Building
  • Forestry


There are various start dates throughout the year.  Please contact the Programme Secretary in your region to register your interest.

Hawke’s Bay: Phone Diana Morris on 06 830 1057 or email

Tairāwhiti: Phone Cilla Hawkins on 06 869 3073 or

Entry Requirements

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.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

As a graduate of this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to obtain entry level roles in the primary sector, for example:

  • Pruner
  • Harvester
  • Pack house hand
  • Orchard worker
  • Vineyard hand
  • Assistant gardener
  • Nursery worker
  • Farm worker
  • Beekeeper
  • Forestry worker

Most students choose to do further study at Level 3 and beyond before seeking employment opportunities.

Study Pathways

This qualification is an entry pathway for those without qualifications who are seeking employment, or are newly employed, in the primary industries. 

On successful completion you may choose to continue with your studies by enrolling in the:

  • NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (with optional strands in Specialist Equipment and Infrastructure) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices [Level 3]

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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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 or call in for a chat.