*This programme is under development and is subject to change in 2021

Learn on the farm with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s hands-on agriculture training programmes. Agriculture is one of New Zealand’s biggest-earning industries and there are plenty of opportunities for securing jobs and getting ahead right here on the West Coast. TPP’s agriculture programmes cover all the skills you need to get started as a farm assistant and work your way up.

The vehicles, machinery and infrastructure programme covers a mixture of theory and practical work to help you gain the basic skills needed on New Zealand farms. You’ll learn how to safely and skilfully drive light utility vehicles, quad bikes, tractors and farm motorcycles. Specific areas of study include: fencing, including electric fences, spraying, stock handling, water supplies, grazing management, and health and safety.

The bulk of TPP’s agricultural education training takes place on the 70-hectare TPP farm in Reefton, giving students a real sense of what life is like on the farm.

TPP’s farming and agriculture programmes aim to get students ready for work. Graduates can start as a farm assistant then work their way up through the industry.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
    45 credits
  • Awards:
    NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicle, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time, practical on farm work and classroom theory
  • Holiday Duration:
    1 week
  • Teaching Duration:
    14 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    15 weeks
  • Start Date:
    15 February 2021
  • End Date:
    28 May 2021
  • This programme cost is covered by the TTAF fund. For more information visit www.tpp.ac.nz/TTAF

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   NZQA Fee:

Core Elements

  • Health and safety
  • ATV
  • 2 wheel motorbikes
  • Tractor driving
  • Fencing
  • Weed control
  • Stock handling

Programme Structure and Workload

Fulltime attendance with a mix of practical and theory

Further Study Paths

  • Level 4 and higher qualifications relevant to the Primary Industries Sector
  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Livestock Husbandry)

Career Opportunities

  • Employment in all types of farming operations
  • Sectors in the Primary Industries

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age.

  • Minimum of three years’ secondary school or completion of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5 or above.

Special notes

  • None of the units in this programme will be cross-credited from previous courses. If a student can demonstrate prior learning, they will still be required to sit the assessment and will be advised to attend the requisite classes.

  • Applications will be accepted from young people who meet Youth Guarantee eligibility criteria.
  • Some experience in the pastoral farming sector - livestock husbandry skills and knowledge would be advantageous.
  • Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.