Agriculture (Level 4)

Agriculture (Level 4)2023-10-02T16:18:37+12:00

This programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge required to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of a dairy or livestock breeding/non-breeding farm. All learners will gain skills in coordinating daily farm activities, communication, use of technology, taking responsibility for vehicle and machinery maintenance, benchmarking and reporting farm physical performance and implementing and monitoring health, breeding, feeding and environmental plans.

This programme is targeted at people who are experienced workers in the farm sector and are looking to move into, or are at, a management level position. The programme has strands in either dairy farming, breeding livestock farming or non-breeding livestock farming and students can choose the strand option they wish to study upon enrolment.

Compulsory across all Strands

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAGL4.0001Technology on Farm
NZAGL4.0002Farm Benchmarking
NZAGL4.0003Farm and Livestock Reporting
NZAGL4.0004Maintenance Schedule
NZAGL4.0005Environment and Farm

Dairy Farming Strand

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAGL4.0006Milking
NZAGL4.0007Dairy Health
NZAGL4.0008Dairy Reproduction
NZAGL4.0009Dairy Nutrition

Breeding Livestock Farming Strand

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAGL4.0010Breeding Health
NZAGL4.0011Breeding Reproduction
NZAGL4.0012Breeding Nutrition
NZAGL4.0013Breeding Production

Non-Breeding Livestock Farming Strand

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAGL4.0014Dry Stock Health
NZAGL4.0015Dry Stock Nutrition
NZAGL4.0016Dry Stock Production

Outcome Statement and Pathways

Graduates of the qualification will be able:

  • Coordinate agribusiness activities using appropriate technology and a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Benchmark a farms physical performance against data from industry high performers to ID strategies for improving farm physical and financial performance
  • Produce routine management reports to inform decision making for a farm production system
  • Take responsibility for routine maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment
  • Implement and monitor a farm environmental plan

Graduates of the Dairy Farming strand will also be able to:

  • Implement and monitor milk harvesting and milk quality plans
  • Implement and monitor a dairy livestock health plan
  • Implement and monitor a dairy livestock breeding plan
  • Implement and monitor a dairy livestock feeding plan

Graduates of the Livestock Farming strand will also be able to:

  • Implement and monitor a breeding livestock health plan
  • Implement and monitor a livestock breeding plan
  • Implement and monitor a breeding livestock feeding plan
  • Implement and monitor a breeding livestock production plan

Graduates of the Non-Breeding strand will also be able to:

  • Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock health plan
  • Implement a non-breeding livestock feeding plan
  • Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock production plan

Education Pathways:

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Production Management (Level 5) and Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5).

Employment Pathways:

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in roles within the pastoral sectors where they take responsibility for the day to day operational management of a pastoral farming production system.

Duration of Study

44 weeks part time

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be in full-time employment on a farm

Academic Achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3).
  • A minimum of three years prior experience within the farming industry.

English Second Language Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent farming knowledge and skills (minimum three years in the
  • industry); and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or information study such as to suggest likelihood of successful course completion e.g. career changer.

Selection Criteria

All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme.  Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.

Agriculture (Level 4) FAQs

What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:10:49+12:00
  • This course is a 100-125 credit NZQA course, which aims to teach students the skills needed to move into Junior Management roles on farm. 
  • You will gain your NCEA certificate in Agriculture Level 4. Upon graduation from this course, you will be able to take on the responsibility for the day-to-day operational management on farm.  
  • This course has 8-9 modules, with three different strands to choose from. You will choose to focus your study on either dairy farming, breeding livestock farming or non-breeding livestock farming and learn what is relevant to you.  
Who can do this course?2023-11-27T12:21:38+12:00
  • You will need a National Certificate in Agriculture Level 3, or an equivalent qualification.
  • You must have a minimum of three years prior experience within the farming industry. 
  • You must be in full-time employment in the industry 
  • You must be a NZ or Australian citizen or have NZ residency. You cannot do this course if you are here on a work visa. 
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility. 
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-11-27T12:28:51+12:00
  • Upon completion of this course, you will earn your New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4). This is essential for those who want to continue to higher level qualifications and responsibility in the agricultural industry. 
  • It ensures graduates have the skills needed to take on Junior Management responsibilities. They can be left responsible to complete tasks unsupervised and help with the day-to-day operational management on farm.
How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T10:12:45+12:00

This course runs for a minimum of 44 weeks, part-time only, with a period over the calving, lambing/docking where students do not need to attend class. It will cover all four farming seasons. 

How is this course structured?2023-07-04T10:16:49+12:00
  • You will have on farm visits from your tutor once a fortnight and will need to come into class once a fortnight for in-person learning. 
  • This course is part practical work and part paper based, theory work.  
  • You will have to do around 32 hours of practical work a week.  
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T10:15:35+12:00
  • The fees for this course are $508.30 – this course is eligible for Studylink to cover the fees 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course.  
What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T10:18:32+12:00
  • You will need NCEA level 3 or above, or equivalent to apply.  
  • You can see our full list of equivalent life skills and work experience needed for this course, above. Or you can call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to learn more about the qualifications needed. 
I don’t work on a farm; can I still apply?2023-07-04T10:25:25+12:00

This course does require you to be employed full-time on a farm. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T10:26:17+12:00

Agriculture Level 4 is currently available in Whangarei, Palmerston North, and Rangitikei, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to find the closest course to you, or to register your interest. 

Learn more by enquiring today…

I got my level 3 Dairy Farming through Land Based Training. It was so cool. I met nice people and the tutor is awesome. I class them all as the naki whanau

Pip Davis

Yeah the best course around to be honest. Learnt so much!

Brandon Te Kahu

I’m a level 2 Horticulture student and the tutors are so awesome and supportive. The other students are cool, we are a fun bunch. I have learnt so much in a short amount of time.

Kelly Wheatley

Awesome course, learning heaps & loving it! Free knowledge, a priceless gift I will always be grateful for.

Meredith Everett

Contact Info

191 St Hill Street Whanganui, 4500

Phone: 0508 TRAIN ME

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