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Ag Contracting – Advanced

Ag Contracting – Advanced

Step up your Ag contracting skills and get yourself ready for the next level of job with our Ag Contracting – Advanced course.

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Quick info

Locations: Wairarapa (Taratahi Site)

Duration: 5 days

2022 dates TBC

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

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

This course is designed for tractor drivers who have done at least one season and will help you  advance onto the more technical machinery and equipment utilised in Ag contracting today.

With this course, you will be able to operate a baler and specialised planting equipment. You’ll also learn the practical aspects of maintaining and running the equipment,  and the management side of “running your field” so you can work successfully with the farmer or external contractors.

Vaccination Policy

All students must be fully vaccinated by 1 March 2022 in order to study on our campuses. The only exception is for fully online programmes, or for USkills or secondary school students or those with a Ministry of Health exemption. Read more about the Policy

If you are unvaccinated please do still reach out to us, so we can talk and see if there is an alternative study option for you.

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

On your successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Operate a baler.
  • Use specialised planting equipment.
  • Manage the contracting work.
  • Understand working with farmers and external contractors (like truck drivers).

 Domestic Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification is required; however, the 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

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

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 8 am Monday.

UCOL provides personal protective wear, clothing and equipment required for the course. Also, the consumable teaching resources; course notes; transportation (field visits).