New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management.xml New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management

Qualifications and courses Study options
Agribusiness studies

DiplomaUp to three years part time

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$3610 - $4000


February, July


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

19 December for January start


Blended delivery and face to face sessions in Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru with satellite location options in Southland, West Coast, and Nelson-Marlborough.


As an agribusiness decision maker, your goals can be varied:

  • Increase your confidence to make sound business decisions
  • Make sure your team is productive and engaged
  • Improve the bottom-line of your business.

A blended delivery format means you can learn through a mix of workshops with other agribusiness decision makers, online learning, and one-on-one time with a dedicated facilitator. Everything you'll learn applies to the business you work in.

Assessment of Current Competency is an optional process that provides acknowledgement of your existing experience and skills which can be transferred to your qualification. A facilitator will work with you to assess your level of knowledge and skills as well as any gaps - creating your individualised learning plan.

This programme covers:

Staffing Management and Planning

  • Understand your employment obligations and responsibilities in an agribusiness setting
  • Develop strategies for good workplace relationships
  • Develop and establish a Human Resources plan for an agribusiness, including recruitment and termination procedures.

Financial Management and Planning

  • Develop a budget and cash flow forecasts to share with your bank manager or accountant
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice of GST, PAYE tax - speak confidently to your accountant about managing your obligations
  • Develop and monitor a financial plan for an agribusiness, including evaluating opportunities for future performance.

Sustainability Management and Planning

  • Analyse current environmental management practices for an agribusiness and develop a plan to address shortcomings - ensure your business is viable in the long term
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical resources of the agribusiness and long term sustainability of these
  • Prepare a nutrient budget for Land Management Units.

Business Management and Planning

  • Critically analyse the performance of a specific agribusiness and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Prepare a business plan and monitor your business' performance against objectives
  • Understand the concepts of asset management, transfer and succession.

Contact your local Primary ITO adviser on 0800 20 80 20 to discuss how to improve your agribusiness skills and get the tools you need to meet your goals.

For more information visit or find out about your options by talking to us.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 150 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
  • NCEA Level 2

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
  • Students must have at least two years' experience in their chosen area of agribusiness.

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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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 can go on to work as an agribusiness manager/ owner.