New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

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This Agriculture course is fees free for students aged 20+, runs for 12 weeks, and gives successful students a New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

Study in a classroom environment and gain practical hands-on experience on a farm. You will also have the opportunity to gain credits towards NCEA Level 2. This course is designed to give you the knowledge and experience you need to begin your farming journey.

About This Course

Throughout this course you will learn practical skills such as tractor driving, safe use of quad bikes, fencing and chainsaw skills. Learn how to locate hazards, describe safety procedures and demonstrate safe work practices in a rural workplace.

Learn how to safely handle dairy cattle, assist with milking, and check and report of livestock. You will learn how to build permanent fences, as well as how to install, dismantle and store temporary electric fences.

This course includes practical experience on a farm, therefore, you will be equipped with essential knowledge and skills for work in an entry-level role on a farm or for further training. in completion of the course you will be capable of carrying out practical tasks associated with an entry-level role and use safe work practices in a primary industry workplace.

After successfully completing this course, opportunities exist where we can arrange to place you on a farm if you wish. Most often, such jobs include a good salary, housing and other benefits.

Other career options include viticulture, farm supply, livestock management and other forms of agriculture and horticulture.

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Key Information


New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)


Level 2



Duration The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

12 weeks

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements
Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

For students aged 20+
No previous qualifications at Level 2 or above.
Not available for International students.

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available No
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Student Fees FREE (conditions apply)

Note: All Key Information is the most recent available relating to domestic students. For more detailed information refer to Course Documents.

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Course Documents

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Campus Start Date Domestic International *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

Our graduates have the opportunity to be placed into work on a farm after course completion. We have contacts and resources to help find our students employment.

This full-time course runs Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 3:30pm.

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our programmes have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study can apply to StudyLink.

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