This organic crop production course, will help you to be a better organic grower, whether you grow kiwifruit, avocados, other fruit or vegetables.
You will look at a particular site, to see how soil management and crop requirements can be satisfied organically. Understand the process to obtain and maintain organic certification.
You’ll be applying organic principles, during work experience across the whole growing season. You’ll connect this practical real-world experience to assessments relevant to an organic orchard or farm.
You’ll expand your knowledge from home through online course material and be part of a group of other enthusiastic learners in 25 face-to-face class days across the full growing year. With them, you’ll go on great field trips to see for yourself how organic growers are making a meaningful difference in the world.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Crop Production) (Level 4)
|Next intake||To be confirmed View more details|
1 year part-time
|Indicative Fees||$1,224 total cost of qualification for domestic students View full fees information|
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- Organic Fruit Production
- Organic Grower
- Market Gardeners
- Vineyard supervisors
- Team leaders
- Organic crop supervisors, monitors or leading hands
- Organic Nursery specialists
Topics you'll cover
- Organic Principles and Certification: understand organic principles and compliance requirements and identify how these are applied to successful organic primary production operations
- Soil and Nutrient Management: understand soil health practices and apply management strategies to improve soil quality and nutrient availability
- Organic Crop Production: carry out specific production activities to implement and monitor an organic crop plan over a full production season
|Indicative Fees||$1,224 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
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Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
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Course Entry Information
- NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, OR
- a Level 3 qualification in Horticulture, Agriculture OR show equivalent skills and knowledge
- evidence of ability to complete academic and any other course requirements
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
To successfully complete these topics you'll need to:
- complete practical hours on a certified or in-transition* organic property as agreed with your tutor
- be available to attend workshops/tutorials about once a fortnight
- have access to the internet to communicate with your tutor and submit assignments
* 'in-transition' is a property that's registered with an organic certification agency and has begun the conversion process towards being organic certified.
English language requirements
Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available
- 1 year part-time
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 5)