Vocational Pathway in Primary Industry Skills

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This Agriculture course is free for 16-19 year olds, runs for 24 weeks, and gives successful students credits towards NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathways in Primary Industry Skills.

Throughout this course you will learn practical skills such as tractor driving, safe use of quad bikes, fencing and chainsaw skills. You will study in a classroom environment and gain practical hands-on experience on a farm. This course is designed to give you the knowledge and experience needed to begin your farming journey.

About This Course

This course includes practical experience on a farm, therefore, you will be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills for work in an entry-level role on a farm or for further training. 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.


Programme and dates are subject to change.

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Key Information


NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway in Primary Industry Skills


Level 2



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

24 weeks

Entry requirements

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

For students aged 16 to 19
No previous qualifications at Level 2 or above.
Not available for International students.

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available Yes
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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

Career Opportunities

Farm Worker - Kaimahi Pāmu

Farm workers help farmers with a variety of tasks, including raising and caring for livestock, repairs and maintenance, tractor work, and other farming activities.

Dairy Farmer - Kaiahuwhenua Miraka Kau

Dairy farmers feed, care for and milk herds of cows on farms.

Farmer/​Farm Manager - Kaiahuwhenua/​Kaiwhakahaere Pāmu

Farmers/farm managers are responsible for the planning, management and day-to-day running of farms. Farmers own the land they farm, while farm managers manage farms for farm owners.

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Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Hamilton 22 July 2019 $0.00 Unavailable

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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