NZ Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4)

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024. Register your interest for 2025 by clicking on the Enquire now button.

Study Options



22 weeks


Level 4

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Design and implement a food forest

The EIT | Te Pūkenga NZ Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4) programme offers an introduction to the concepts and principles of sustainable land management. If you would like to sustainably develop and maintain your own or community land then this programme is for you.


The purpose of this qualification is to provide the land-based primary industries with individuals who are able to develop and manage sustainable land-based production.

This qualification is designed to recognise those graduates who have undertaken projects that focus specifically on improving sustainability in our environment.

You will benefit by having the skills and knowledge to plan and manage sustainable practices for a land-based production system to meet the requirements of a recognised production standard.

Primary industries and local communities will benefit by having graduates who are able to implement sustainability practices for the long-term benefit of communities and the environment.

This qualification is ideally suited to those who have some experience in the primary industries, or who are capable of transferring their prior skills and knowledge.

As a graduate you will be capable of working in a self-managed capacity and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

Your future career and study opportunities

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Land-based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) and the NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and may lead on to qualifications in agriculture, horticulture or environmental management at Level 5 or above.

As a graduate of this qualification you are likely to be employed as a:

  • Grower
  • Farmer
  • Land-based practitioner
  • Environmental officer
  • Compliance officer
  • Farm effluent manager


PLEASE NOTE: This programme is on hold for 2024.  Register your interest for 2025 by contacting Diana Morris, Programme Administrator, on 06 830 1057 or


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

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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.