NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure).xml NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure)

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CertificateFull time - 15 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code





May, October


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

21 April for May start; 25 November for January start




Farming plays a crucial part in New Zealand's economy. A career in agriculture can lead you into management, farm management, farm ownership or into business.

A great place to start or continue your learning journey is with our Farm Cadet Programme (Level 3). This programme is part of our farming cadetship which has two parts. In one part you can spend 12 weeks in full-time study focusing on work place health and safety, riding quad and motorbikes and driving tractors and light utility vehicles.

You will cover the basics of fencing, agrichemicals and water systems and at the same time gain your New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

The second part is the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (farming systems). In this part you will develop your knowledge and capabilities in livestock handling, husbandry, milk harvesting, pasture management as well as farm machinery and safety.

This programme is full time with a real mix of on farm work experience and classroom based learning.

While we encourage people to undertake both programmes, either one can be studied independently of the other.

You will be supported in your studies by highly experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

This programme covers:

  • Health and safety
  • Farm vehicles such as tractors, LUVs, motorbikes and quad bike
  • Irrigation and water system
  • Fencing
  • Agrichemicals

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 45 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

After completing this qualification you gain employment in a range of roles in the agriculture industry.

Study pathways

You can continue your studies with the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming machines) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management.