Project Description

This programme is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of graduates to the level where they can assist, under minimal supervision, with the implementation of aspects of primary industry operations involving use of machinery, specialist equipment and infrastructure maintenance within a rural context. Learners will gain skills which include the safe use of varied agricultural machinery, implements, technology, how to diagnose and complete maintenance on various agricultural infrastructure such as water supply, drains, tracks and fencing.

Students have a choice of elective combinations when enrolling on the programme which will be discussed with the tutor during the initial conversation.

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Course Code Course Name
NZAGOS3.0001 Workplace Risks
NZAGOS3.0003 Vehicle and Mechanised Equipment
NZAGOS3.0002 Personal Wellbeing

Elective A

Choose four

Course Code Course Name
NZAGOS3.0004 Hay Baler
NZAGOS3.0005 Feeder Wagon
NZAGOS3.0006 Front Mounted Implement
NZAGOS3.0007 Mowers
NZAGOS3.0008 Post Driver
NZAGOS3.0009 Tractor Carriage
NZAGOS3.0036 Harrows
NZAGOS3.0010 Quads
NZAGOS3.0011 LUV’s
NZAGOS3.0012 Two Wheelers
NZAGOS3.0013 Chainsaws
NZAGOS3.0014 Weed Eater
NZAGOS3.0015 Hedge Trimmer
NZAGOS3.0016 Post Hole Borer
NZAGOS3.0039 Nutrient Spreader

Elective B


Course Code Course Name
NZAGOS3.0017 Hand-held Cultivator
NZAGOS3.0018 Tractor Cultivator
NZAGOS3.0019 Mechanised Conveyer
NZAGOS3.0020 Mechanised Sprayer
NZAGOS3.0021 Seed Planter
NZAGOS3.0022 Produce Harvester
NZAGOS3.0023 Earth Excavator
NZAGOS3.0024 Cherry Picker
NZAGOS3.0025 Forklifts
NZAGOS3.0026 Livestock Equipment
NZAGOS3.0027 Use Technology in Primary Operations
NZAGOS3.0038 Operate Milking Plant
NZAGOS3.0040 Shearing Plant and Equipment

Elective C

Choose two

Course Code Course Name
NZAGOS3.0028 Supply water
NZAGOS3.0029 Drains
NZAGOS3.0030 Tracks
NZAGOS3.0031 Fencing Wire
NZAGOS3.0032 Install Battens
NZAGOS3.0033 Install Posts
NZAGOS3.0034 Electric Fence Repairs
NZAGOS3.0035 Fence Anchor Assemblies

Outcome Statement and Pathways

Graduates of the Rural Operational Skills programme will be able to:

  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace risks
  • Plan and carry out operational activities using mechanised equipment with consideration for the environment
  • Manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational activities
  • Operate specialist equipment for primary industry operational activities
  • Carry out activities related to the maintenance of workplace infrastructure

Education Pathways:

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Farm Systems, (Level 3), New Zealand Certificate in Pastoral Livestock Production  (Level 3) or the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with options in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, and Livestock Farming, New Zealand certificate in Horticulture L3 and L4

Employment Pathways:

Graduates of this programme may be employed in a range of roles in primary industry enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand, assistant in horticulture or viticulture operations.

Duration of Study

13 – 20 weeks full time or 22 – 34 weeks part time depending on the strand

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 or Horticulture Level 2 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.

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; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful course completion.

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.

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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