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New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills in either Horticulture or Agriculture Level 2

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.

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.

2021 Cost and fees:

NZ$ 5,400 for 12 weeks tuition fee, includes services of immigration advisor and job recruiter
NZ$    250 course material fee
NZ$    260 registration fee
NZ$    500 for 1/2 day English per week (if required)

Excluding homestay and (medical) insurance 

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!

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Pastoral Livestock Production Level 3

This qualification is intended for learners from a wide range of rural workplaces who want to further develop their skills and abilities, school leavers, people who may have changed careers, adult learners new to the agriculture industry or graduates of the NZ Certificate in Agriculture (farming systems) Level 3. All of whom would complete the qualification prior to employment in the agriculture industry.

Graduates of this qualification will be able of building on their basic skills and knowledge in the area of agriculture that they are either employed in or seeking employment in. It is a qualification for people with some experience in the agriculture industry, and on completion, they will be capable of working under limited supervision in the agriculture community with responsibility for work outcomes.

Entry Criteria
Open entry with an interest in agriculture. Students must enjoy working in an outdoor environment and with animals. You will be a motivated learner with a keen interest in agriculture.

2021 Cost and fees:
NZ$ 8,880 for 24 weeks tuition fee, includes services of immigration advisor and job recruiter
NZ$    250 course material fee
NZ$    260 registration fee
NZ$    500 for 1/2 day English per week (if required)

Excluding homestay and (medical) insurance

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) Level 3

This qualification is intended for school leavers, people who may have changed careers, or adult learners new to the agriculture industry. The purpose of this qualification is to provide the pastoral farming sector with graduates who have broad theoretical understanding and practical capabilities in the farming sector. Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector.

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example, milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farmhand.

Entry Criteria
Students must enjoy working in an outdoor environment and with animals. You will be a motivated learner with a keen interest in agriculture.

2021 Cost and fees:
NZ$ 8,880 for 24 weeks tuition fee, includes services of immigration advisor and job recruiter
NZ$    250 course material fee
NZ$    260 registration fee
NZ$    500 for 1/2 day English per week (if required)

Excluding homestay and (medical) insurance

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