- There are no academic entry criteria for this programme.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Recognition of prior learning
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.
1. You will need to have a full drivers licence.
2. You will need to provide a letter of application. Your letter of application should comprise no more than 500 words and should explain:
- why you have chosen to apply for the two programmes within this qualification - New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Skills) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
- your expectations of the programme
- your career goals in the field of agriculture
- the steps you have already taken to progress your career goals.
Alternatively, you can provide a 5-minute video of yourself covering the same points.
3. Please supply supporting references and details of any farming experience with your application.
If the numbers of applicants who meet the selection criteria exceed the available places, a waitlist will be used to ensure preference is given to applicants in order of application.
You will study
|Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems||30|
|Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context||30|
|Utilise technology within pastoral farming systems||5|
|Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment||10|
|Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems||10|
|Identify and assist with the management of workplace hazards||5|
|Carry out a range of activities related to the use and/or maintenance of workplace vehicles, machinery and infrastructure||40|
During this programme, you will learn the basic skills needed to work on a farm. This will include:
- Fine wool production and woolshed operations, including hand-piece skills and wool handling
- Animal health and welfare
- Pasture plants, production and management
- High country farming skills
- Tractor skills
- ATV skills
- Sheep and cattle handling skills
- Agrichemical use
- Water systems
- Pest and weed control
- Machinery maintenance
- Chainsaw safety and use
- Farm health and safety
- Animal husbandry
- Livestock breeding
- Soils and fertilisers.
In Term Four, those who are ready are able to participate in a farm-based, work placement experience to apply their skills in a real-world environment. This also provides an opportunity for gaining valuable contacts in the farming industry. To be eligible for work experience, you must be competent in core areas such as health and safety, quad bike use and basic stock handling. You must have also demonstrated a passionate attitude towards working in the agriculture industry.
Further study options
After successful completion of this programme, you can continue studying farming at Level 4 or diploma-level whilst working on the job.
You will be expected to bring outdoor clothing suitable for a high country environment. Please ask us if you would like a list of required clothing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student loans/allowances with TTAF
Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible for you or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink.
It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
- For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website
Please note: Student Loans and Allowances and TTAF are available for domestic students only.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.