FAQs

FAQs2021-06-01T10:54:50+12:00
What is this course about?2023-07-04T11:40:52+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit, Vocational Pathway course, which give you an introduction into the apiculture sector. 
  • You will gain your Level 2 NCEA certificate with a vocational pathway in Apiculture. Upon graduation, you will have an understanding of various parts of Apiculture that will assist you in other courses, or to get a job within the Apiculture sector. 
  • You will complete modules, from learning how to feed bees, to using farm vehicles, and communication skills. 
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.  
What is this course about?2023-07-04T11:32:52+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit NZQA course which will teach you the basic skills needed for property maintenance and construction industries, by doing BCATS projects.  
  • You will gain your NZQA Level 2 in Basic Residential Property Management. 
  • This course covers tools maintenance, construction projects, communication and more! 
What is this course about?2023-07-04T09:32:49+12:00
  • This course is an NZQA Vocational Pathways course, in the Agricultural sector.  
  • It covers over 20 different units, including Agriculture-based knowledge as well as literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Graduates of this course will have the necessary achievements to pass NCEA Level 2. 
  • For your study, you’ll get to choose between focusing on sheep, or dairy cattle. You will also have a choice in elective, either learning about Quad Bikes, or Motorcycles, in an agricultural context.  
What is this course about?2023-07-04T09:59:56+12:00
  • This is a 40-60 credit NZQA course which will teach you how to use vehicles and equipment used on farm. 
  • You will gain your NCEA Level 3 in Primary Industry Operational Skills. On completion of this course, you will be able to competently use and maintain small motors, vehicles and specialised equipment used in rural operations. 
  • There are plenty of options within the elective modules to design a programme that fits with what you are currently doing or what you want to learn. 
What is this course about?2023-07-04T11:23:55+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit NZQA course, which teaches the basics in infrastructure by doing projects, and hands on work. 
  • You will gain your NCEA Level 2 in Civil Construction. Upon graduation of this course, you will have developed basic skills and knowledge in the civil construction industries.  
  • The course covers health and safety, using machinery, communication and more! 
What is this course about?2023-11-10T14:12:34+12:00
  • This is a 70 credit NCEA course, that will teach you about how to use land in a sustainable way.
  • You will achieve your NZQA level 4 in Sustainable Primary Production. Graduates of this programme will be able to work within environmental sectors, or within the Department of Conservation.
What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:27:15+12:00
  • This course is a 70 credit NZQA course, which aims to teach those in junior management positions about setting and achieving production goals. 
  • You will gain your NCEA certificate in Agriculture Level 5. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to manage agriculture production systems and maximise productivity – these skills are necessary to go into senior management positions. 
  • This course has five modules focusing on planning, benchmarking, and performance strategies within an agricultural context. 
What is this course about?2023-07-04T11:08:19+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit NCEA course, that teaches you how to carry out pest control or monitoring in a rural and/or urban environment. 
  • You will achieve your NZQA Level 3 in Pest Operations. Graduates of this course will have the skills and knowledge to be a capable and confident worker within many of the jobs in the pest control sector. 
  • Our full course covers both Operations and Monitoring for pest control. 
What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:37:24+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit NZQA course, which gives you an introduction into the horticulture sector. 
  • You will gain your Level 2 NCEA certificate with a vocational pathway in horticulture. Upon graduation, you will have an understanding of various parts of horticulture, that will help you in other courses, or to get a job within the horticulture sector. 
  • This course contains modules from learning to sow seeds, to safety procedures to writing and communicating. 
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.  
What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:42:53+12:00
  • This is a 60 credit NZQA course that will teach you the basics in Horticulture.  
  • You will achieve your NCEA level 3 in Horticulture. Graduates of this course can work and move flexibly between jobs in the horticulture sector. It is also suitable for landowners looking to learn horticulture growing systems and practices.  
  • This course focuses on a range of horticultural practices. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T11:24:48+12:00
  • You must be aged 16 years or over. 
  • 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. 
Who can do this course?2023-11-27T12:20:52+12:00
  • You must have NCEA Level 2, 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. 
Who can do this course?2023-11-27T12:21:16+12:00
  • 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. 
  • Be aged 16-year-old or older (15½ with MOE Exemption) 
  • Meet the relevant funding pool requirements – TEC Youth Guarantee 
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility. 
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. 
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. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T11:17:36+12:00
  • You will need a National Certificate in Horticulture/Agriculture Level 3, and/or equivalent qualification or industry experience.  
  • 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. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T10:02:03+12:00
  • You will need NCEA level 2 or above, or equivalent.  
  • You must be 16 years of age or older 
  • 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. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T10:28:16+12:00
  • You will need a National Certificate in Agriculture level 4 and/or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry. 
  • You must have a minimum of five years prior experience within the farming industry. 
  • You must be in full-time employed 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. 
Who can do this course?2023-07-04T11:09:04+12:00
  • Level 2 Pest Control industry qualification or experience in the industry or any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body or 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects. 
  • 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 the course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:42:59+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed a Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Apiculture). This is an NZQA accredited programme and will allow you to go further into your Apiculture career. 
  • This course will give you a practical introduction to apiculture and give you the skills and correct information needed to for entering the Apiculture sector. You will also gain your level 200 Numeracy and Literacy Qualification, which is looked for by any employer.  
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:36:25+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Basic Residential Property Management (Level 2) which is an NZQA recognized qualification. 
  • Graduates of this programme are able to enter employment at a supervised level in property maintenance, or enter into higher education. 
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:29:23+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Civil Infrastructure (Level 2) which is an NZQA recognized qualification. 
  • Potential employers within this industry are looking for people who have skills and knowledge in the building industry. Knowing how to use hand tools and specialist tools that are used on worksites will give you a sought-after skill. 
  • Roading Companies will require potential employees to have basic skills and knowledge of Temporary Traffic Management. 
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:22:14+12:00

By the end of this course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4) which is an NZQA recognised qualification. The skills gained during this course are the building blocks for getting a job within the sustainability and conservation sector. Having this qualification proves you have the skills required for these jobs, giving you a higher chance of being employed in this sector. 

How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:12:45+12:00

By the end of this course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) which is an NZQA recognised qualification. This is sought after in the Pest Operations industry. After doing this course, you will have a higher chance of being employed in a Pest Operations role.  

How will this course help me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:06:36+12:00

Graduates of this course will be able to work and move flexibly between jobs in the horticulture sector. It is also suitable for landowners looking to learn horticulture growing systems and practices. 

How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T10:03:11+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) which is an NZQA recognised qualification. Knowing how to use the equipment in rural operations is essential to the running of any rural industry.  
  • Having this qualification will show that you are capable to use the necessary equipment in a rural based industry. 
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 will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T10:41:13+12:00
  • Upon graduation from this course, you will have gained NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Horticulture). This is an NZQA accredited programme and will allow you to go further into your Horticulture career.  
  • After completing this course, you will have learnt practical horticulture skills, making you a valuable asset to an employer.  
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T10:32:58+12:00

At the end of the course, you will have completed the National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 5) which is an NCEA recognized qualification. This will show your employer that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to go into a senior management position. 

How will the course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T09:44:14+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed a Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Agriculture). This is an NZQA accredited programme and will allow you to go further into your agriculture career. 
  • This course will give you the correct information and training for entering the agriculture sector. 
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?2023-07-04T11:18:51+12:00

This course is either 22 weeks full-time or 46 weeks part-time. 

How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T11:09:46+12:00

This course runs for 26 weeks full-time or 52 weeks part-time. 

How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T10:44:39+12:00

This course runs for 45 weeks part-time, or 20 weeks full-time.

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 long does this course run for?2023-07-04T10:30:12+12:00

This course runs for 1 year, part time and covers all four-farming seasons. 

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 long does this course run for?2023-07-04T09:37:34+12:00

This course runs for 26 weeks, full time only. 

How is this course structured?2023-07-04T11:41:52+12:00
  • This course is only available full-time. Course runs 4 days a week, with 1 day being available for catch up. 
  • This is a paper and practical based course. Learning will be partially assessed on paper-based theory work, and partially assessed by practical based assessments. 
What is the structure of this course?2023-07-04T10:46:13+12:00
  • Part-time students will attend classes once a week, while full-time students attend classes 4 times a week, with an extra day available for catch-up. All students will have access to the online resources when not in class. 
  • This is an online and practical based course. Learning will be partially taught and assessed on our online learning platform, Canvas, and partially assessed by practical based assessments. 
How is this course structured?2023-07-04T11:38:26+12:00
  • This course is full-time only, run on weekdays, 5 days a week 
  • It’s made up of paper-based theory work, and practical work doing projects. 
  • Your practical work will focus on BCATS projects. Along with learning the skills in using specific machinery, and safe working practices, you will learn how to work as a team, and build general life, work and study skills.   
How is this course structured?2023-08-03T15:15:37+12:00
  • This course is made up of practical work and online theory work. 
  • Part-time students will attend classes either once a week or once a fortnight depending on the site, while full-time students attend classes 4 times a week, with an extra day available for catch-up. All students will have access to the online resources when not in class. 
  • This is an online and practical based course. Learning will be partially taught, and assessed on our online learning platform, Canvas, and partially assessed by practical based assessments.
What is the course structure?2023-07-04T10:40:22+12:00
  • This course is only available full-time. Courses run 4 days a week, with 1 day being available for catch up. 
  • This is a paper and practical based course. Learning will be partially assessed on paper-based theory work, and partially assessed by practical based assessments. 
How is this course structured?2023-07-04T11:30:39+12:00
  • This course runs full-time only, on weekdays, 4-5 days a week. 
  • It’s made up of paper-based theory work, and practical work, using tools and doing building and concreting projects.  
  • The course requires you to complete projects, with your classmates, working as a team.  
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 is this course structured?2023-07-04T10:31:17+12:00
  • This course is made up of practical assessments and paper-based theory assessments. Over the duration of the course there are 12-13 class days, with a tutor for any required in-person learning.  
  • There is a minimum of 23 practical hours a week to complete, that are related to course requirements. All practical hours will be completed on the farm that you’re employed at. 
How is this course structured?2023-07-04T11:11:12+12:00
  • This course is made up of practical work and online theory work.  
  • Practical work is made up of completing tasks which your tutor will then observe as well as collecting evidence of you completing the tasks. There will also be a final project at the end of the course which you will complete and incorporates everything you have learnt throughout the course. 
  • Theory work is done on our online learning platform – Canvas 
What is the structure of this course?2023-07-04T09:40:33+12:00
  • This course is only available full-time. Course runs 4 days a week, with 1 day being available for catch up, or work experience. 
  • This is a paper and practical based course. You will be partially assessed on paper-based theory assessments, and partially assessed on practical assessments.  
  • This course is not available via distance learning. 
How is this course structured?2023-07-04T10:05:36+12:00
  • This course is available either part-time or full-time, depending on the study location. 
  • This course is mainly based around practical work. You will have around 70% practical work, with 30% paper-based theory work. You will be completing record book assessments throughout the duration of the course. 
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?2024-01-11T11:23:28+12:00
  • This price for this course is currently under review.
  • You can call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ for more information on the course costs.
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course.
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T10:04:03+12:00
  • This course has fees of $520.00 – 780.00 – the cost depends on which modules you choose to take and the length of the course. 
  • This course is eligible for Studylink to cover the fees. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources during this course. This includes a loan laptop, if needed, for online work. 
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.  
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T10:47:09+12:00
  • The fees for this course are $508.30 – This course is eligible for Studylink to cover fees. 
  • Course fees include a resource book. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course. This includes a loaned laptop, if needed, for online work. 
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. 
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T10:32:07+12:00
  • This course has fees of $1,771 – this course is eligible for Studylink to cover the fees  
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course 
How much does the course cost?2023-07-04T09:43:15+12:00
  • This course is Fees Free! No cost required when you meet the relevant funding pool requirements. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course. 
How much does this course cost?2023-07-04T11:12:03+12:00
  • This course has fees of $1,619 – 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. 
What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T10:29:12+12:00

Students will need a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4), in any chosen strand. 

What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T09:33:44+12:00

You don’t need any qualifications to apply! This is an entry level course and will help build you up to do higher level courses. 

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 in Pest Operations; can I still apply?2023-07-04T11:14:10+12:00

Yes! Working in the Pest Operations industry is not a requirement for this course. 

I don’t work on a farm; can I still apply?2023-07-04T10:34:30+12:00

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

I don’t work on a farm; can I still apply?2023-07-04T10:08:50+12:00

This will depend on where you are planning on studying from. Please fill in an enquiry form or call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ for more details.  

I don’t work on a farm; can I still apply?2023-07-04T09:47:00+12:00

Yes, you can! This course is designed for those who don’t have any Agricultural knowledge. You do not need to work on a farm to apply. 

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. 

Can I study remotely?2023-07-04T10:35:14+12:00

As you are only required to attend class 12-13 times over the 50 weeks of course, we are happy to work with you to facilitate supported distance learning. The closer you are to one of our locations, the easier it is to offer this. You can fill in an enquiry form or give us a call on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to discuss your options. 

Which modules can I take?2023-07-04T10:07:59+12:00
  • We have a range of modules available you can choose from to build your programme. The equipment needed for these modules is required for you to be able to choose them as an option – for example, you can only take the Quad course, if you have access to a quad bike. 
  • Land Based Training is able to provide some, but not all, the equipment needed for this course. Some modules may require you, or your farm to provide the equipment. A discussion with our tutors, prior to enrolment, can be had around the modules we are able to provide equipment for and what is most relevant for your workplace. 
Where can I do this course?2023-12-14T12:25:45+12:00

This course is currently available in New Plymouth, Stratford, Whanganui, Marton, Napier and Christchurch with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to find the closest course to you, or to register your interest. You can find a full map of all our courses here: Where to find us! 

Where is this course held?2023-07-04T11:44:16+12:00

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

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. 

Where is this course held?2023-11-27T12:16:26+12:00

This course is currently held in Marton, Hastings, New Plymouth, Wainuiomata and Te Kuiti, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to find the closest course to you or register your interest. You can find a full map of all our courses here: Where to find us! 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T11:39:20+12:00

Basic Residential Property Management is run in Hastings, with more locations to come! Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T11:31:45+12:00

Introduction to Infrastructure Works (Civil) is run in Hastings, with more locations to come! Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

Where is this course run?2023-11-27T12:10:46+12:00

Sustainable Primary Production in Horticulture is run with a rolling in-take in Marton, and Christchurch. Our part-time courses are running across New Zealand, from Kaitaia to Christchurch and everywhere in between, with more locations to come! Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. You can find a full map of all our courses here: Where to find us! 

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. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T11:15:28+12:00

Pest Operations is currently available in Marton and Taihape, with more courses to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T10:35:58+12:00

Agriculture Level 5 is currently available in Whangarei, Manawatu, 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. 

Where is this course run?2023-07-04T10:09:50+12:00

This course is run in Palmerston North, Taranaki and Whangarei – With more to come! Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

Where is this course held?2023-11-27T12:14:22+12:00

This course is currently held in Palmerston North, and Taranaki, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. You can find a full map of all our courses here: Where to find us! 

How many hours a week do I have to do for the training?2023-06-02T10:42:20+12:00

You will need to attend one theory day per week at Te Rua o te Moko farm in Normanby on a Tuesday or other by arrangement (8.30am – 4.00pm)

You will need to do 24 hours average a week practical work experience on farm (minimum 3 days)

How often are the part time workshops held and are they held on long weeks/holidays?2021-06-23T12:38:53+12:00
  • The workshops are held one day a fortnight, full 8-hour day (mainly weekends).
  • We do not have the workshops on long weekends unless organized with the tutor and students.
  • There may be a couple of back-to-back weekend workshops if required (season pending).
Where are the Level 3 Courses held?2021-06-23T12:36:32+12:00

There are over 16 locations in the North Island and Christchurch and Nelson in the South Island. Call us on 0508 TRAIN ME and find out if there is one near you!

How will the course benefit me in the workforce?2022-04-21T12:15:43+12:00

By the end of this course you will have completed the National Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) which is an NZQA recognized qualification. This is the foundation of beekeeping and is sought after in the Apiculture Commercial Sector. If you have this certification, you have a much higher chance of being employed by Apiculture Companies.

What do I get as part of the course?2023-04-03T09:27:50+12:00
  • Kitset single box hive and frames
  • Three textbooks – Practical bee keeping book, Varroa book, AFB book
  • Practical book to be completed throughout but you can keep on completion
  • Supplementary guide with the key information you need to complete the course
  • Access to our online learning platform (Canvas)
Can I miss any workshops?2021-06-23T12:34:52+12:00
  • You cannot miss any more that three workshops over the duration of the course, you will fall behind and miss out on vital information.
  • Let your tutor know if you are unable to attend a workshop and they can help you out.
How much does the course cost?2023-11-27T12:35:39+12:00
  • This course is $508.30
  • The course fees include a kitset single box hive and frames as well as the 3 textbooks (Practical bee keeping book, Varroa book, AFB book)
  • There are course related costs though. You can find more on these in the Course Related Costs section above.
  • You will require a laptop or tablet to study this program. If you do not own one, Land Based Training is able to allocate you a loan laptop to use for the duration of your course.
Do I have other hours of work that are required between the workshops?2021-06-23T12:46:58+12:00

You have additional ‘Self Directed Learning’ hours required to complete assessments, assignments and practical hours in yours/other’s beehives. These hours must be documented in a Hive Diary.

How long is a workshop for the part time course?2021-06-23T12:47:08+12:00

Each workshop runs for 8 hours. Around 5 hours of theory and 3 hours of Practical work in the hives.

How long does the part time course run for?2021-06-23T12:21:15+12:00

It runs for 20 workshops over a 40-week period, the beekeeping calendar (approximately August to end of May).

Who can do this course?2021-06-23T12:20:46+12:00
  • 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.
  • If you are still attending school, you will require a letter from your school allowing you to do this course.
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility.
What is this course about?2021-06-23T12:19:50+12:00
  • This is a 65 credit NZQA course teaching you how to be an assistant beekeeper or to run hives of your own.
  • You will achieve your NZQA Level 3 in Apiculture. Upon graduation of this course, you will be a confident, capable assistant beekeeper for commercial operations or as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives.
  • 19 modules – from Apiculture equipment to extraction to wintering down.
Will I get paid when working?2023-06-02T10:42:33+12:00

You may be eligible for a student allowance: https://www.studylink.govt.nz/products/a-z-products/student-allowance/index.html

OR

You may be eligible for a student loan living costs: https://www.studylink.govt.nz/products/a-z-products/student-loan/living-costs.html

OR

You may already be employed on farm.

What is this course about?2022-08-04T13:31:09+12:00

This is a 60 credit NZQA course teaching you how to be an assistant queen rearer or to raise queens for your own use. 

You will achieve New Zealand Certificate in Queen Bee Rearing (Level 4). Upon graduation of this course, you will be a confident, capable assistant queen rearer for commercial operations or as an independent queen rearer with a small number of beehives. 

10 modules – from grafting through to breeder selection and to disease and pest control, and concluding with mating, caging and caring for queens. 

What are the fees?2023-06-02T10:42:27+12:00

Year 1: $2,801.40 (incl. GST)

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operation Skills (Level 3) $650.90 (incl. GST)

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) $2,150.50 (incl. GST)

Year 2: $508.30 (incl. GST)

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) $508.30 (incl. GST)

*Note – Not all Level 3 graduates will move to Year 2 immediately as this requires a higher level of experience and may not be suited to the career path of all trainees. Year 2 is indicative cost only.

How long does the course run for?2022-08-04T13:31:43+12:00

The course runs for 40 weeks and will be a combination of weekend workshops, evening workshops and online workshops. It will run the beekeeping calendar (approximately August to end of May). 

Who does my practical assessing?2023-06-02T10:42:08+12:00

Your LBT practical tutor will visit regularly on farm, liaise with your farmer and carry out assessments for your practical work.

How long does a workshop run for?2023-11-27T12:31:26+12:00

There are three different types of workshop – Weekend, evening, and online.

  • Weekend – TWO full day workshops run on Saturday and Sunday once per month.
  • Evening – ONE two hour workshop on a Tuesday evening 10 days after the weekend workshop
  • Online – ONE online session during the evening each week
What if I have some concerns or issues when on farm?2023-06-02T10:42:00+12:00

In the first instance talk with your farmer or manager, if you are not comfortable to do this talk with your tutor. Your student handbook has details of the process for complaints or issues. It is best to talk through things earlier to sort things out rather than leave it.

Can I miss any workshops?2022-08-04T13:32:10+12:00

You cannot miss any more than three workshops without prior consultation with your tutor over the duration of the course. If you miss more than this you will fall behind and miss out on vital information. 

Do I have to live at the farm I am placed on?2023-06-02T10:40:48+12:00

Some farm placements will include live in for the days you are carrying out work experience but, others may be close enough for you to travel to. We try to meet the needs of the farmer and trainee so each situation will be different.

It will be important that you are available for hours that work with the practices on the farm. You can go home at weekends or evening, still play sport although there may be some extra busy times on farm when you may have to help out a bit longer.

How will the course benefit me in the workforce?2022-08-04T13:32:20+12:00

By the end of this course you will have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Queen Bee Rearing (Level 4) which is an NZQA recognized qualification. This builds on your foundation knowledge of beekeeping to move into Queen Rearing and is sought after in the Apiculture Commercial Sector. If you have this certification, you have a much higher chance of being employed by Apiculture Companies. 

What gear do I need or can I get?2023-06-02T10:40:43+12:00

We will provide ‘number ones’ for functions, events and theory training days (a jacket and shirt).

You will need wet weather gear and suitable clothing for the type of farm you are working on.

Talk to us if having the right gear is a barrier to starting. You may be eligible for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship to help with the cost of your wet weather gear.

What level of academic and writing skills do I need to complete this course?2022-08-04T13:32:34+12:00

The course has a mixture of written assessments on the theory of queen rearing together with a significant amount of practical work. Both theory and practical work will be done during workshops and in your own time at home. 

You must have access to an internet connection and be comfortable working online and with Microsoft Word and Excel. 

Do I need my own transport?2023-06-02T10:40:38+12:00

You will need to travel to and from your placement farm for the hours that fit with the practices on the farm.

We have a van that does pick up and drop off on the theory day – from New Plymouth, Waitara, Inglewood, Stratford, Hawera, Normanby.

Do I need to have completed AFB Disease Recognition Course prior to enrolling?2022-08-04T13:32:46+12:00

You need to have either completed or be booked in to complete this prior to the start of the course.

AFB Disease Recognition Course

  • $100 
  • 1 day workshop 
  • Book through AFB training

 

What hours will I do when on my farm placement?2023-06-02T10:40:32+12:00

You will work your hours in with the farm practices – this means that you may have some early starts. Generally you would be doing 8 hours per day at least 3 days per week on average and the theory day.

What if I am already working on a farm?2023-06-02T10:40:18+12:00

You can still do our farm intern programme but, will need agreement from your farm employer to attend the theory one day per week. The theory is generally on a Tuesday in Normanby – if this is a barrier please talk to us.

When does the 2023 intern programme start and how long the first year?2023-06-02T10:40:15+12:00

11 July 2023 – 1 April 2024 (Year 1) – 44 weeks.

The first week will include 2 days at our Normanby farm for orientation and induction.

Graduation will be week 12 June 2024 and a mid-year celebration and progress awards will be held mid December 2023.

What will I learn?2023-06-02T10:39:11+12:00

You will be working on a Dairy or Dry Stock farm so your programme will follow the type of farm you are placed on.

What if I have no farming experience?2023-06-02T10:39:07+12:00

You can still apply – we may place you on our training farm initially so that you are sure farming is for you

and/or

You may be eligible for our Agriculture Level 2 programme prior to starting as a farm intern (Level 2 starts in 19 June 2023 so you will be ready to start the intern programme on 7 February 2024)
https://landbasedtraining.co.nz/course/agriculture-l2/

What if I can’t start in 2024?2024-02-05T14:17:48+12:00

Our next Farm Intern Programme starts 7 February 2025.

You can still apply now and we will contact you in November for the interviews for the 2025 intake.

Contact Info

191 St Hill Street Whanganui, 4500

Phone: 0508 TRAIN ME

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