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Diploma in Agribusiness Management

International Close Date: 19 December for January start

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 and online learning, 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. You’ll learn about: employment obligations and responsibilities; human resources issues and strategies for good workplace relationships; budgets and cash flow forecasts; GST and PAYE; and evaluating opportunities for future performance.

You’ll also learn about concepts of asset management, transfer and succession; analysing environmental management practices and addressing shortcomings; ensuring long term viability and sustainability; nutrient budgeting for Land Management units.

Please note: The diploma is delivered by Ara in partnership with the 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.

Please note: this programme is FEES-FREE for domestic students until 31 December 2022. Find out more >

NCEA Level 2

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

In addition you need to:

Have at least two years' experience in your chosen area of agribusiness. You can demonstrate this through a Curriculum Vitae or attach references.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

After completing this qualification you can go on to work as an agribusiness manager/ owner. Part-time up to 3 years.

New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

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

Type Diploma
Code NZ2221
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 19 December for January start
Credits 150
Level 5
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2221-STRU
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Have at least two years' experience in your chosen area of agribusiness. You can demonstrate this through a Curriculum Vitae or attach references.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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