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.
- Credit Value:45 credits
- Awards:NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicle, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
- 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:February 2021
- End Date:May 2021
Free fees may apply, refer to www.tpp.ac.nz/freefees
- Domestic Breakdown
- Tuition Fee:$1,895
- Course Cost:$551
- NZQA Fee:$77
- Health and safety
- 2 wheel motorbikes
- Tractor driving
- 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)
- Employment in all types of farming operations
- Sectors in the Primary Industries
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.
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.