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

Programme code



February, July





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.

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$3,740 - $4,280


Please enquire

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

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. 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 concepts of asset management­­­­, transfer and succession, how to analyse current environmental management practices for an agribusiness and how to develop a plan to address shortcomings. You will learn how to ensure your business is viable in the long term and how to demonstrate knowledge of the physical resources of the business and long term sustainability of these, whilst incorporating your 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.

Career opportunities

After completing this qualification you can go on to work as an agribusiness manager/ owner.

Recommended school subjects

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

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

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional 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.

English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










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

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.