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.
||Vehicle and Mechanised Equipment
||Front Mounted Implement
||Post Hole Borer
||Use Technology in Primary Operations
||Operate Milking Plant
||Shearing Plant and Equipment
||Electric Fence Repairs
||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
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
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
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.
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.