NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

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12 Weeks

NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills

This programme is designed to give students the knowledge and experience needed to begin their farming career journey. Throughout this programme, they will learn practical skills such as tractor driving, safe use of quad bikes, fencing, and health and safety practices.

Alongside classroom-based work, this programme includes practical experience on a farm, therefore graduates are equipped with essential knowledge and skills for work in an entry-level role on a farm or further training.

On successful completion, students will be able to find employment in a range of agricultural roles such as a dairy farmer or farmworker.

Available Campuses: Hamilton

Next Intake: 2023

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  • Use of farm vehicles 
  • Intensive farm 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.

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

  • For students aged 16+.
  • No previous qualifications at NCEA Level 2 or above.

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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