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

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Agribusiness studies

DiplomaPart-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,670 - $4,190


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.


Gain valuable skills to apply to the agriculture business you work in.

This programme is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge that will increase your confidence to make sound business decisions, enable you to ensure your team is productive and engaged, and to improve your bottom line.

Through a blended delivery of workshops, online learning and one-on-one time with a dedicated facilitator, everything you learn will apply to the business you work in.

The diploma covers management and planning in four key areas: finance, business, staffing and sustainability. Specifically, you'll learn how to: understand your employment obligations and responsibilities; develop strategies for good workplace relationships; establish a human resources plan, including recruitment and termination procedures; develop a budget and cash flow forecasts to share with your bank manager or accountant; demonstrate knowledge and practice of GST and PAYE; and develop and monitor a financial plan for an agribusiness, including evaluating opportunities for future performance. You'll also learn how to: understand concepts of asset management, transfer and succession; 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 business and long term sustainability of these; and prepare a nutrient budget for Land Management Units.

Please note: The diploma is delivered by Ara in partnership with Primary ITO, an accredited training organisation which specialises in education for primary industries. To apply for this programme, please visit the Primary ITO site .

Please also note: Assessment of Current Competency is an optional process that acknowledges 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, in order to create your individualised learning plan.

This one-year programme can be studied over three years at your own pace.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 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

    Pending approval by NZQA

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.