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Farm Vehicle Familiarisation

Farm Vehicle Familiarisation

There is huge demand for contractors in our agricultural sector – if you’ve got the right attitude, we can give you the skills. This free one week course is your chance to join NZ’s largest export earner and most essential industry.

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Quick info

Locations: Wairarapa (Taratahi Site)

Duration: 1 week

(Call 0800 468 265 or register your interest

Domestic Fees: *
Free (accommodation and meals included, self-catered on weekends)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn all about what’s involved in ag contracting, and get yourself work-ready. During this free one week course, you’ll get a good understanding of the range of work contracting involves, and build your skills in driving farm vehicles, basic mechanics, and farm health and safety.

This programme, including accommodation, is completely free, and there are also free meals included Monday-Friday. The course is held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, just outside of Masterton in the Wairarapa, where hard-working Kiwis have developed their farming skills for over 100 years.

The future of our primary industries won’t look the same, and our Government has pointed out the need for diverse, innovative new people and skills. This is your chance to get started on a rewarding and flexible new path, and help shape our country’s future success.

How to register
Apply now through the "Apply Now" button on the right, or you can chat to us by phoning 0800 GO UCOL (0800 468 265).


 Career & Study Outcomes

This course is made up of three key modules:
  • Health and Safety and first aid
  • Wheels, Tracks and Rollers endorsement, forklift OSH and F endorsement
  • Tractor driving, towing trailers and implements, and understanding the work of an agricultural contractor.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification is required, however for the six week ag contracting course you will need a full class one driver's licence. 

Participants must be physically fit and be 18 years old or over.

A verified copy of your identification

You should supply a verified copy of any of the following documents:
  • Current driver license
  • Current New Zealand passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Whakapapa statement


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Additional Costs

Meals on the weekend are self-catered at your own cost, meals during weekdays are free. Accommodation at Taratahi, including on the weekends, is free. Alternatively, participants are welcome to go home for the weekend and return by 8am Monday.