Study for an exciting career in agriculture in a wide range of certificate and diploma programmes in New Zealand’s premium agriculture region. There are new programmes under development, contact us if you don't find what you want.

Free "On the Land" Tasters

Enrol now to experience life on the land with our selection of taster camps. Choose from a 1 week ‘on the land’ taster course, 2 weeks of more sector specific training, or a 6 Week Ag Contracting option.

Find your place in the future of Food and Fibre

Let’s face it, times can be tough. We’ve all been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in some way, and we know that some people are out of work and need help to find jobs. We also know that some people will need to re-train.

New Zealand’s Food and Fibre sector need more than 50,000 jobs filled by 2025. If you are interested in helping to fill those jobs, we want you to join us. Training providers UCOL and EIT together with those working in the sector, are rising to the challenge and are offering a unique free taste of what the Food and Fibre sector has to offer.

That’s why we’ve come up with a variety of ‘on the land’ taster courses that leads to great career opportunities for you, right now!

And what’s more, all courses including food and accommodation are FREE!

General information about the taster camps

Currently there are four camps that let you experience a range of activities in the primary sector so you can decide if you wish to pursue a career in this sector.

What do they include?
An overview of essential information about the primary sector and a variety of short experiences from working with animals to fencing, farm vehicle operation and maintenance.

Where are they held?
They are held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton.

How much do they cost?
The training for all taster camps is FREE, including accommodation and meals Monday to Friday. You are welcome to stay for the weekends and
self-cater. You need to make your own way to Taratahi.

What are employers looking for?
Great work ethic and attitude, ability to read and write, effective communication skills, willingness to work and learn new skills, prioritise health and safety, able to complete work on own and with teams, nutrition, hydration and being able to look after oneself is also important.

What drivers licence do I need?
You should hold a full class 1 drivers licence (for the Ag Contracting option). Other driver training will be provided.

1 week taster course option

This is an introduction to ignite your taste buds and see if you want to go further. It includes visits to local farms and industries, and an introduction to:

  • Overview of the industry and job opportunities
  • Operating farm vehicles
  • Fencing
  • Pasture management
  • Farm animals

2 week taster course options

Dairy Farming

A career in dairy is rewarding! You’ll be part of a great team, spend time outdoors working with animals, plus many opportunities to learn and grow on the job.

This 2 week course will give you hands-on experience learning some of the basics of working with animals and staying safe on the farm.


Have you ever thought about working with bees? The apiculture industry has expanded in recent years and demand for NZ honey is growing. Now is your chance to learn the basics.

6 week taster course option

Ag Contracting

Rural contractors carry out a broad range of activities including:

  • Working with tractors, harvesters, vehicles and a wide variety of equipment
  • Working and communicating with all types of farmers and their staff
  • Land cultivation
  • Planting, maintaining crops and harvesting
  • Rural earthmoving
  • A wide variety of activities designed to support the farmer
  • Facing new challenges in different circumstances and locations almost every day.

I’m keen - what’s next?

Pop down to one of our Expo’s and chat with us, or send us your registration of interest to or by phoning 0800 GO UCOL (0800468265).

Corner of Christian & Hamlet St
9am – 12 noon 
3 August

EIT Campus
9am – 12noon
4 August


EIT Campus
1pm – 3pm 
3 August


EIT Campus
1.30pm – 3.30pm
4 August

EIT Campus Stout Street
9am – 12noon
5 August




Otatara and EIT Training Farm

 Students establish basic skills in fencing, agri-vehicles and stock handling on this farm due to it being located right on campus. The farm encompasses a woolshed and yards enabling students to develop their stock handling and animal health knowledge. Otatara farm is adjacent to this and provides extra land for breeding ewes with the offspring farmed for sale.

ADB Williams Trust

ADB Williams Trust is a 1321ha effective operation with the main farm located at Otope 12km south east of Dannevirke. It is supported by a 381ha effective summer-safe block located at Coonoor 30-minues southeast of Otope. The Trust has a mandate to support charitable purposes and in particular training and education for people in agriculture. 

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campuses, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And, you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.