FREE | NZ Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production [Level 4]

Study Options



22 weeks


Level 4

Design and implement a food forest

EIT’s FREE* NZ Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production [Level 4] 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.

We also offer a Ruatoria based course, in the middle of each year, where you will enhance your knowledge and skills of crop production with a focus on Hemp growing.  Contact Cilla Hawkins to register your interest for the Ruatoria course on 06 869 3073 or

*conditions apply


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.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices [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


There is one entry date per year:

  • July


Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements

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.