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National Trade Academy International Agriculture Studies Christchurch


New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Strands in Cattle Farming, Dairy Farming, Deer Farming and Sheep Farming) Level 2 in 2017

These courses have the support of farmers who recognise the importance of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Students will gain practical skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working in the rural sector. Students will develop work habits and practice appropriate skills for further training and/or employment in the Agriculture industry, if you have or apply and are granted a work visa. This qualification will enable international students to work on a NZ farm before they return to their home country to apply the knowledge and skills gained.

Students can study one or more options.

This 12-week course enables international students to learn about how a New Zealand farm operates and the farming methods used to improve productivity. Students learn health and safety skills that will allow them to work on a New Zealand farm if their visa conditions allow.

This course can be incorporated with the working holiday visa scheme, allowing students to study first before working on a New Zealand farm.

Students that do not hold a the working holiday visa scheme will need to apply for a work permit during their study, if they can secure an offer of employment during the study weeks. NTA has a recruitment manager and uses an immigration advisory company to assist in achieving both. However, please note that employment and / or the work visa are not guaranteed, as this also depends on your personal circumstances and situation.

Please note that if you come on a regular student or visitor visa, you will not be able to work for the first 12 weeks, during the course.

Entry Criteria

  • Students will have an agricultural background or an interest in agriculture in their own country
  • If English is not your first language applicants must sit on online English test to determine the additional level of english language lessons required to pass the qualification, to satisfy the academy that the student can successfully complete the course
  • Minimum age of 18 years old or turning 18 prior to end of the programme.

Study Structure

Each course is 12 weeks and runs from Monday to Thursday, 9am until 4pm, with Fridays set aside for self directed learning or English language study. The courses run from February to November with a range of start dates.

Content depending on the strand selected may include:

  • Legal requirements, maintenance, hazards and operation of tractors, motorcycles and ATVs
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues in respect to working in the rural sector and factors relating to injuries on farms
  • Correct use of equipment, vehicles and machinery
  • Safe animal handling practices
  • Identifying fencing hazards, correct use of knots, basic fencing installation and use of temporary electric fences
  • Safe use of chainsaws
  • Handling and treatment of livestock, animal welfare, cattle and sheep handling
  • Milking in a dairy shed
  • Lambing
  • Weed control

Course Schedule

The course is delivered over a consecutive period of 12 weeks. It includes 2 weeks of work experience. Each theory/practical week consists of:

  • Scheduled tutor delivery: 15 hours
  • Visits/demos/practice: 12 hours
  • Self-directed learning: 3 hours
  • Work Experience

The course will consist of field trips to a variety of farms as well as practical activities on our Training Farm

Week 11 and 12 will consist of work experience on a farm for a full two week period

Driver's license and a vehicle is preferable but not essential.

2017 Cost and fees:

NZ$ 7,263 for 12 weeks tuition fee, includes services of immigration advisor and job recruiter

Excluding homestay and (medical) insurance and additional English language classes

Please note that if you come on a visa, you will not be able to work for the first 12 weeks, during the course, or during the work experience weeks!

For more information, please contact StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail

Or check out the NTA page on this web site