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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure)

Level 3

Agriculture is the backbone of New Zealand. If you are interested in this global industry and have a passion for the outdoors and rural life, then start your career with the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 14 weeks

12 Feb 2018 – 25 May 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$2,197.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

* 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.

Join UCOL to learn the practical competencies required for agricultural employment and further studies within the primary industry sector. The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) focuses on health and safety, quads, motorcycles, LUV’s, tractors, water systems, fencing and can lead to multiple job prospects in the pastoral farming industry.  

Career & Study Outcomes

When you graduate you will be able to work under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector in a role such as a milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand, and:
  • carry out a range of activities related to the use and/or maintenance of workplace vehicles, machinery and infrastructure
  • identify and assist with the management of workplace hazards in an agricultural environment

Education Pathway 

You could choose to undertake further study in the sector including:

Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) will cover the following:

Workplace hazards including first aid
Water systems
Fertilisers and chemicals
Vehicles (quad, motorcycle and LUV)
Tractors (introductory)

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy Credits at Level 1) or equivalent.

International Entry Requirements

English languge proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent, including TOEFL).  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes. 

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) Level 3 comprises 45 credits.

You need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. If you have any special needs or requirements, advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Additional costs

While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own:
  • Gumboots (Red Band) - approximately $75
  • Bush shirt (Swandri Ranger Style) - approximately $131
  • Wet weather gear - approximately $90
  • Sturdy work shoes / steel cap boots - approximately $95


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.