12 Weeks

NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

This FREE Agriculture course is designed for those aged 20+, and gives successful students a NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

Study agriculture in a classroom environment and gain practical hands-on experience on a farm. This agricultural training is designed to give you the essential knowledge and skills for work in an entry-level role on a farm or for further training. Over 12-weeks, you will learn practical skills such as safe use of tractors and quad bikes, farming skills, fencing, and general agriculture.

In completion of this agriculture 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. 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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Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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General Agriculture Training

  • Locate hazards, describe safety procedures, and demonstrate safe work practices in a rural workplace

Tractor Driving Training

  • Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use

Quad Bikes Riding

  • Ride a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike

Farming Skills

  • Check and report on livestock
  • Assist with handling and treatment of livestock

Fencing Training

  • Install, dismantle, and store temporary electric fences
  • Open and draw out a coil of wire, tie knots, join wire, and prepare wire for transport and storage
  • Identify the location of a fault in electric fences, and replace electric fence components

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses 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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