The primary industries sector is booming in New Zealand, and now’s the time to take advantage of the career paths that are on offer.
This 12-week taster course will help you learn the basics and set you up for an exciting career outdoors. You'll get a real taste of what it’s like to work in the horticulture and farming industries as well as discover the vast career opportunities that are on offer.
There's a balance of theory and practical sessions that give you the entry level skills you need for your first job or it can lead on to further study.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)
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15 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
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Entry-level roles in the primary sector, such as:
- relief milker
- junior farm assistant
- turf labourer
- orchard worker
- vineyard hand
- assistant gardener
- nursery worker
- junior shepherd
- in a forestry planting team
- in a post harvest pack house role
Topics you'll cover
This course covers a range of primary industry skills from practical production tasks to an in-depth look at a range of primary industry workplaces and may include:
- safe work practices for the primary industry
- basic fencing repairs and maintenance
- mixing and applying agrichemicals, and using spray equipment
- handling livestock
- riparian and revegetation planting
- plant propagation and garden maintenance
- tools and small engine maintenance
- apiculture tasks
- understanding weather information
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Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and 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.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:
Complete a diagnostic assessment either prior to or in the first 2 weeks of their study to ensure students can meet adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic, health and safety requirements of their programme and to enable appropriate support to be provided.
Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.
English language requirements
Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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 in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQA Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 15 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)