Farming Systems (Level 3)

Farming Systems (Level 3)2023-08-16T15:56:16+12:00

This programme is designed to provide the pastoral farming sector with graduates that have the knowledge and skills to assist, under limited supervision, with the management of all aspects of livestock production in either a dairy, sheep farming pastoral context.

Compulsory across Dairy and Dry Stock Options

Course CodeCourse Name
NZAGFS3.0001Human Risk Factors on Farm
NZAGFS3.0002Understand Animal Handling and Welfare
NZAGFS3.0003Handling Livestock
NZAGFS3.0004Moving Livestock
NZAGFS3.0005Feeding Livestock
NZAGFS3.0006Treat Livestock
NZAGFS3.0007Understand Livestock Breeding
NZAGFS3.0008Farming and Environment
NZAGFS3.0009Understand Soils
NZAGFS3.0010Understand Pastures
NZAGFS3.0011Understand Feeding
NZAGFS3.0012Understand Animal Health
NZAGFS3.0022Use Technology

Dairy Strand

Course CodeCourse Name
Dairy Strand Compulsory
NZAGFS3.0013Milking Skills
Dairy Strand Elective (choose one)
NZAGFS3.0014Dairy Mating
NZAGFS3.0015Birthing Dairy Livestock
NZAGFS3.0016Rear Young Dairy Livestock

Dry Stock Strand

Course CodeCourse Name
Dry Stock Elective A (choose one)
NZAGFS3.0017Wool Shed Skills
NZAGFS3.0018Shearing Skills
Dry Stock Elective B (choose one)
NZAGFS3.0019Dry Stock Mating
NZAGFS3.0023Dock Lambs

Outcomes and Pathways

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems.
  • Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context.
  • Use appropriate technology within pastoral farming systems.
  • Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems

Education Pathways:

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with options in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, and Livestock Farming.

Employment Pathways:

Graduates of this programme may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand

Duration of Study

28 weeks

Entry Criteria

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 2 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.
  • Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body
  • A minimum of three years of secondary education; and/or
  • 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects; and/or
  • Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

Non-English first 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 two years in the industry)

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.

Farming Systems (Level 3) FAQs

What is this course about?2023-07-04T09:49:06+12:00
  • This is an 85 credit NZQA course, which will teach students to work on a farm under limited supervision, within either dairy or dry stock farming operations.  
  • You will achieve NCEA Level 3 in Agriculture. After graduating you will have the ability to take on more responsibility on a farm. 
  • Students choose to focus their study in either dairy, or dry stock, and have a choice of electives within those strands.  
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T09:50:13+12:00
  • You will need to have NCEA Level 2 or above or equivalent.  
  • 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. 
  • The minimum age is 16. 
  • 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?2023-11-27T12:26:14+12:00

This course will give students their National Certificate in Farming Systems (Level 3), which is an NZQA recognized qualification, that gives students a good, all round, basic knowledge of farming livestock.  You are able to choose between Dairy and Dry Stock electives, so you can learn about what is relevant to you.

Having this qualification shows that you understand the basics of farming and farm safety, and have a good base to build your skills on.

How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T09:53:34+12:00

This course runs for 48 weeks part-time, or 28 weeks full-time. 

How is this course structured?2023-07-04T09:54:27+12:00
  • Part-time students will attend theory class once a week, and do practicals on farm, either with their employer, or through their internship. 
  • Full-time students will attend class 4 days a week, doing 2 days theory and 2 days on farm.  
  • Theory learning is done on our online learning platform, Canvas. Practicals are done either with your tutor on farm, or through your employer. 
How much does the course cost?2023-07-04T09:55:21+12:00
  • The course fees are $2150.50 – This course is eligible for Studylink to cover the fees. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course. This includes a loan laptop, if needed, for online work. 
Where is this course held?2023-07-04T09:57:12+12:00

This course is currently held in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Whangarei, and Taranaki, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

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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