New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems).xml New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems)

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CertificateFull time - 25 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code





February, September


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

19 December 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 will develop your knowledge and capabilities in livestock handling, husbandry, milk harvesting, pasture management as well as farm machinery and safety.

This programme is delivered in a cadetship model. You will spend the first 13 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, chainsaw operation, agrichemicals and water systems.

From there, if you meet the criteria, you will be offered a cadetship which will see you spending two days per week in class and three days out on a farm, gaining real work experience.

This programme covers:

  • Pastoral farming
  • Livestock
  • Farm technology
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainable practices

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 85 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
  • A current Class 1 Driver Licence.

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 (Vehicles Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management.