Study with TrainME in New Zealand

Our programme for International students offers 12 weeks of practical skills in New Zealand Farming practices, followed by employment for one year or more on a New Zealand farm (subject to visa).  Please note this programme is only available at our Hamilton campus.


Why study in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, you will find a unique culture and stunning natural environment. New Zealand is similar in land size to the United Kingdom or Japan but has a population of just over 4 million.


Choose TrainMe for Your Study in New Zealand

International students are welcome and come from all over the world to TrainMe.

TrainMe is a division of ATC New Zealand which was formed in 1984.  It offers a unique Christian-based environment for study.

Christian values of care, honour and respect are part of our culture and are all designed to help learners excel.  People of all religions and cultures are most welcome to study at TrainMe.

TrainMe, a division of Activate Training Centre Limited, is an approved and accredited NZQA Category 2 provider. NZQA assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER). Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties – see


Next International Intake
- 7th February - 27th April 2018
- 14th May  -  3rd August 2018
- 13th August  - 2nd November 2018




Course content
  • Use of farm vehicles – intensive training on the safe use of quad bikes, farm motorcycles, tractors and chainsaws.
  • Pasture control – an introduction to grazing and pasture management.
  • Fencing – methods of livestock control with fencing methods.
  • Animal health – skills in dairy herd health care and animal handling.
  • Livestock feeding – knowledge of seasonal livestock demands and feeding systems.
  • Dairy shed hygiene and milking – preparation for milking, milking procedures and equipment cleaning.
  • Injury and Safety factors – the identification and elimination of farm hazards.


The emphasis will be on improving productivity and agricultural efficiency. Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained and contribute to the improvement and development of agricultural practices in their own country.




If your visa conditions allow, we work closely with an agricultural employment consultant who will assist you to gain either seasonal, part-time or full-time employment on a dairy farm. There is no cost to you for finding this employment.

Please note this course is not a pathway to a residence in New Zealand.


Entry Criteria:
– Prospective students must have applied for and been accepted on a study visa, not visitor’s visa.
– Be able to show a source of funds and provide a history of payments in their bank accounts that go back 6 months.
– Have paid all monies required before the course start date.
– Prospective students will need a drivers licence.
– We cannot accept a student who is under 5’2” as this is a health and safety issue and are at risk of injury during milking.
– Students must be aged between 18-50 years of age.
– Have completed an agriculture related qualification of at least 3 months duration.



The Process

Before enrolling, please read the ATC International handbook HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Please download a brochure here: ENGLISH VERSION (Downloadable PDF) SPANISH VERSION (Downloadable PDF)


To apply to enrol we require a CV, verified copies of your passport and qualification(s) as well as these four forms from you. All must be completed in English
- Enrolment Form - Click Here
- Student Handbook - Click here
- Personal statement of intent - Click Here
- Medical Information - Click Here
- Student Contract  - Click Here


Scan and email them to or post to:
Trainme International,
21 Ruakura Road,
Hamilton 3216
New Zealand


If you have any questions click here (please fill it in English.)  We can then arrange a Skype interview at a time suitable for you and us.  We can then process your application.


To apply for homestay accommodation (see the Accommodation in NZ section below), please download, fill in and return the Homestay application form:  AVAILABLE HERE



English Requirements
If English is your second language you must provide evidence of adequate English skills to gain entry to the course.    
Student Visa Information

If you are not a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and are coming to New Zealand to study, you will need a student visa or permit from New Zealand Immigration.

The New Zealand Immigration Website explains in detail the requirements and process for receiving a Student Visa.


Health and Travel Insurance requirements
Please note all international students are required to have appropriate travel and medical insurance from the date they leave their home country until their return home on completion of the study. Vision College is able to arrange this insurance for you. If your current insurance policy does not meet the minimum requirements below, we reserve the right to insist on a new policy.
It is recommended that international students should hold insurance covering all the following aspects:


Health cover while in New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of illness and/or injury (in excess of ACC cover) that requires surgery and/or hospitalisation – unlimited sum insured
• Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries – unlimited sum insured
• Emergency dental treatment
• Optical cover
• Costs for family members’ travel in the event that the student suffers a serious illness or injury.


Repatriation, search and rescue
• Repatriation and expatriation in the event a student needs to return home following an injury or illness which interrupts their study plans – unlimited sum insured
• Return of mortal remains/funeral expenses – including travel costs for family members, repatriation of remains, and funeral costs
• Search and rescue operation to locate the insured.


Travel into and out of New Zealand
• Missed flights or delays for travels into and out of New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of an illness and injury incurred during the travel.


Personal liability
• Negligence causing bodily injury (including death) of another person or loss of or damage to property
• False arrest and wrongful detention.
Also, personal effects cover for laptops, expensive musical instruments and belongings.


Insurance Costs
Vision College will arrange an appropriate insurance policy with an NZ provider if the student has not arranged an appropriate policy. The cost of the insurance will be detailed on the Offer of Place.



Accommodation in New Zealand


If you are new to New Zealand it will be compulsory for you to stay in Homestay accommodation for the duration of your study with Trainme.


Please complete the homestay application form at the same time you apply to study our course and we will forward your application to our Homestay Coordinator.


All homestays have had the facilities inspected and the hosts interviewed and vetted by the police as to their suitability in accordance with the provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students. Ongoing inspections are made regularly.


Homestay accommodation provides students with their own room, study facilities, 3 meals a day, heating, laundry, ablutions and the use of the internet.


You may apply for exemption from staying in a Homestay by completing the attached form.


Course cost: NZ$5,400.00
Course material fee (gumboots, rain jacket etc): NZ$250.00

New Zealand Immigration requires fees to be paid in full before they will issue a student visa.


Additional Costs:
These will be approximately NZ$5,800 made up of:


Additional Costs (Non-Tuition)
Registration Fee NZ$260.00 (Enrolment and administration fee)


NZ$383.00 (6 months if required) Shorter periods available, contact us for a price.


NZ$250.00 Placement fee (Includes airport pick up)
NZ$250.00 Weekly Fee x 12 weeks


Immigration Fee
NZ Immigration Work Visa NZ$318.00 (subject to change), or

Greenstone Global NZ$1035.00 (Immigration Advisors fee - subject to change)


Other Costs
Busit fee per week NZ$48.00
Medical and or X-Ray NZ$450.00 (approximately)
Personal Spending NZ$100.00 (per week approximately)


Start 25th September — Finish 14 December

Start Wednesday 7th February-Friday 27th April

Start Monday 14th May-Friday 3rd August

Start Monday 13th August- Friday 2nd November