New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills with optional strands (Level 3)
The New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (level 3) with optional strands in specialist equipment and infrastructure offers learners skills in working safely on farm with a range of vehicles, machinery and infrastructure.
About the programme
Start studying as a full-time student, then when an appropriate job is secured within the farming industry you simply move to our part-time programme and continue studying toward your qualification while working.
This flexibility is made possible by the cooperative relationship between Tai Poutini Polytechnic and the Primary ITO. Both organisations are working together to ensure you are able to move as seamlessly as possible in to the workforce.
What You Study
As a graduate of this programme you will be able to:
- Identify risks that can affect personal wellbeing and describe and apply wellbeing management strategies for operational activities.
- Identify and discuss factors that can contribute to primary industry workplace risk.
- Describe primary industry workplace strategies to eliminate or minimise risks.
- Explain compliance requirements and environmental implications for safe and effective operation of specific primary industry vehicles.
- Explain the purpose, functions, components, maintenance, and environmental implications for operating specific primary industry vehicles.
- Safely operate specific primary industry vehicles
- Explain the purpose, functions, components, maintenance and environmental implications of specific primary industry machinery.
- Safely operate small, powered machinery and equipment for specific primary industry purposes.
If you complete the specialist equipment (optional strand) you will be able to:
- Explain the purpose, functions, components and maintenance requirements of specific primary industry specialist equipment.
- Safely operate specialist equipment for specific primary industry operations.
If you complete the infrastructure (optional strand) you will be able to:
- Explain the purpose, functions and components for safe and effective activities and maintenance of specific primary industry infrastructure.
- Safely maintain primary industry infrastructure for a specific operation.
Further study options
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) and may lead tostudy in one or more level three qualifications in a specific primary industry context.
Graduates of this programme will be able to be employed in a range of farming situations, including as a;
- general hand
- junior shepherd
- farm assistant
- assistant beekeeper
- stable assistant
- nursery worker
- or in other similar roles in primary industry workplaces
This is a full-time programme delivered in Greymouth and on the Tai Poutini Polytechnic training farm in Reefton.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have NCEA level 1 in English or equivalent.
- Have a drivers licence – minimum of restricted Class 1 (car) licence.
- Have suitable physical capability to complete manual tasks.
- Have evidence of appropriate language competency if English is not the applicant’s first language of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no band below 5.0.
- Be willing to carry out industry experience on farm or be employed in the primary industry.
- Have their application reviewed by TPP staff
Applications outside the above requirements may be considered by the department Manager of Teaching and Learning
A change for enrolments from 2023
When you apply to study with Tai Poutini Polytechnic , you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.