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Fencing Short Course

Fencing Short Course

The New Zealand fencing industry needs more fencers. Learn the core skills and knowledge required for the industry with the Free Fencing Short Course at Taratahi.

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Quick info

Locations: Wairarapa (Taratahi Site)

Duration: 3 weeks
Monday to Friday

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 free course is designed to enhance specific work practice skills and the health and safety of people in rural workplaces.

The programme aims to provide practical aspects of fencing - fencing designing, fencing tools and wire specifications, strainer and support material selection, footings and how to wire a foot; tool maintenance, chainsaws, staple guns, post hole borers; installation of gates and rails; fence specifications and pricing.

This programme, including accommodation for the 18 nights, is entirely free, and there are also free meals included Monday-Friday. On the weekend participants can return home or stay on-site for free, though you will need to self-cater.

The course is held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, just outside of Masterton in the Wairarapa.

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

Candidates will understand health and safety, environmental and quality requirements of fencing on rural properties.

You will acquire skills and knowledge sought after by the regional fencing industry.

 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).