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

Start your primary industry career

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

This is a practical programme with most learning happening outside the classroom at local community gardens, marae, orchards and on the farm. You must be prepared to get your hands dirty and be able to complete physical work.


This qualification is to enable the recognition of the entry level skills and knowledge required by the primary industry sector and to provide a training pathway for entry into careers in the primary sector. It is targeted at new or potential entrants into the primary sector including seasonal workers, career changers and those not yet engaged in education, employment or training.

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
  • Re-vegetation

Your future career and study opportunities

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
  • Re-vegetation project

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


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

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

Tairāwhiti: Phone Erena Clarke on  06 869 0820or email

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.

Academic learning services

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

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


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