NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

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12 Weeks

NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

Intakes are now available for the 2023 subject to the NZ Borders being open in July 2022 for non-residents and Immigration New Zealand processing student visas. Refer to Step 5 - and requirements relating to COVID-19

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

Vision College is a division of Activate Training Centre Limited (ATC) 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 Vision College.

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

Note: There are only 16 places in each intake. To be considered confirmed, an applicant must have paid their fees in full and have received an AIP (Approved in Principle) from Immigration NZ or their Student Visa has been approved. A copy of the AIP or Student Visa must be forwarded to Vision College. The cut-off for each intake will be six weeks from the start date of the intake, unless the intake still has available places.



Before enrolling in this agriculture course please download and read the School Prospectus.

We highly recommend that you apply to enrol through a reputable immigration agent in your home country. Contact us at for a list of agents.

The application process will require you to provide the following documents, completed in English, plus verified copies of your passport, qualifications:

  • Application Form - Click Here
  • Statement of intent - Click Here
  • Medical Information - Click Here
  • CV
  • Driver Licence (country of origin)
  • Copies of qualifications or credentials 
  • Video (2-3 minutes in length speaking about your family, employment, hobbies, why do you want to study in NZ, why do you want to work in the dairy industry.) - Please send your agent a link.
  • Homestay Application Form - Click Here
  • Exemption from Homestay - Click Here
  • Airport Pickup Request - Click Here
  • Course Costs - Click Here
  • International Student Information Booklet - Click Here


Awaiting NZQA Approval

Available Campuses: Hamilton

Upcoming Intakes

9 Jan 2023
3 Apr 2023
26 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023


International Fees *
$12709.50 (Tuition/Course Materials/Insurance/Accommodation/Work Visa fees and consultancy).

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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  • 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 training 
  • 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 training
  • The identification and elimination of farm hazards.



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.

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


New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)*

  • International students must be aged between 18-40 years of age at the start date of the programme of study, not when they make the application.
  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken) to at least a basic level
  • Prospective students must have applied for and been accepted on a study visa, not a 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.
  • Must have completed an agriculture-related qualification of at least 3 months duration. However, preference will be given to those who have a degree or background in agriculture.
  • Have paid all monies required before the course start date.
  • All students are required to stay in a Homestay unless an exemption has been approved by the Head of School. An 'Exemption from Homestay' form must be completed.



  • Prospective students will need a driver's licence.
  • Height - We cannot accept a student who is 5’3” (160 cm) or under, as this is a health and safety issue and are at risk of injury during milking.
  • Fees must be paid 6 weeks before the start date of the programme. If no payment is received application will be placed into the next available intake.
  • Students enrolling in the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)* will be required to obtain a work visa once they have been offered a position on a farm. ATC Vision College use the services of a Hamilton based company, that finds placements and assist students to process work visas. The cost for this service is $1207.00 and the work visa application of $540.00. Students who choose to use another recruiting agency will need to cover the costs of that agency. ATC Vision College will not be responsible for the student’s application for a work visa, or if the employment relationship does not work. Note: Students who start with one agency and shift to another may be liable for costs in both agencies.

*Awaiting NZQA approval

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students doing a course lasting two or more years are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. 
Students doing a one-year course or more are eligible to work full-time over the summer holiday period.
To work you will need to apply for a variation of conditions to your student permit. However, you need to know that jobs are not always easy to come by and, by law, preference has to be given to New Zealand citizens or residents.

Many students find that study in New Zealand is very different from what they are used to.  New Zealand educators value active participation in class.  Students are expected to ask questions and also be expected to complete background readings during the coursework.  Teachers facilitate your learning, but do not provide all that you will need to know. 

If you have a licence in your own country, you can apply for an International Driver’s Licence before you leave.  This is valid for one year before you need to take the New Zealand driving tests.  Check with the New Zealand Embassy in your own country for further details of requirements:

We give your details to a local International Employment/Immigration Agency, who will endeavour to locate a position on a farm in New Zealand.

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