Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

Location

Central Otago

Delivery

On-campus and some distance learning as well as onsite at local horticultural or agricultural farms

Credits
40 - 60
Start
August - November (Fruit Production)
March - August (Dairy)
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    3 August 2020
  • Central Otago
    23 November 2020
This programme allows you to get hands-on experience working in either fruit production, viticulture or dairy farming.  

You could be involved in the cherry or grape harvest or milking dairy cows - depending on the area you've chosen. 

The programme content is formed from key units of learning used throughout the New Zealand horticulture, viticulture and agriculture industry. The learning is supported by industry who recognise the importance of a practically-skilled workforce. This means that you will be well-prepared to work as the knowledge and skills you gain are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

Graduates will achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2). This qualification will help you quickly gain employment within the horticulture, viticulture or agriculture industries.

Entry requirements
  • This programme has open entry.
  • You must supply us with certified proof of identity. 
  • This programme is open for domestic and international students residing in NZ.
You will study
Fruit Production strand 

This programme runs from August - November and includes a work placement. 

  • Early in the programme, you will learn health & safety skills, necessary to be a part of the industry. You will also begin to learn some practical and technical skills.
  • After the initial part of the programme, we will build your technical understanding and also help you understand more about the industry through regular field trips. 
  • Practical learning is a key part of the study.
  • As the programme progresses you will be introduced to practical work experience with growers and potential employment. 
  • During the programme, you will also be helped to build your CV, and employment skills to help enter what is most likely a new and exciting industry.
Dairy strand

This programme runs from late March-August and includes placement on a dairy farm.

  • Early in the programme, you will learn health & safety skills, necessary to be a part of the industry. You will also begin to learn some practical and technical skills.
  • After the initial part of the programme, we will build your technical understanding and also help you understand more about the industry through regular field trips. 
  • Practical learning is a key part of the study.
  • As the programme progresses you will be introduced to practical work experience with Dairy Farmers and potential employment. 
  • During the programme, you will also be helped to build your CV, and employment skills to help enter what is most likely a new and exciting industry. 
Programme completion 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2).

Disclaimer

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.

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