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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems)

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems)

Level 3

If you enjoy the outdoors and rural life, try farming as a career with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems).

A photograph of lambs in a paddock
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North and UCOL Wairarapa Campus in Masterton

Duration: 26 weeks, full-time (including two weeks holiday)

Dates:
Palmerston North
06 Sep 2021 - 04 Mar 2022

Masterton
14 Jun 2021 - 10 Dec 2021

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship 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.

There are good job prospects in the pastoral farming industry for those who have an understanding of the key inputs into farming systems, and the wider context of the pastoral farming industry in terms of environmentally and financially sustainable farming practices.

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) provides students with practical competencies required for agricultural employment and further studies within the primary industry sector. The focus is on pasture, fertilisers, lambs/sheep, calves/cattle, farm dogs, soils, nutrition, hazards and injury, weather and rural employment.

Fees-Free

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

You don’t need to apply to access the fund - just enrol in an eligible programme, and the TTAF process will take care of the fees until 31 December 2022.

Please contact the info centre for more details.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector in a range of roles including milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand. You'll be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems
  • Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context
  • Utilise technology within pastoral farming systems
  • Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Farmers and Farm Managers.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 85 credits.

  • Pastoral farming, agricultural systems and technology
  • Sustainable practices
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Land and water quality and use 
  • Fertiliser use and implications
  • Soil properties
  • Farm practices and farm animal behaviour
  • Assist with livestock grazing management and sale
  • Assist with handling cattle in yards
  • Assist with the preparation and handling of lambs for docking
  • Handling livestock, recognise and assist health problems
  • Farm dogs
  • Calf rearing from birth to weaning
  • Health and safety

 Domestic Entry Requirements

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

 

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

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language 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). 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

Students 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 course begins.

Additional costs
While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own gumboots, overalls, wet weather gear and sturdy work shoes/steel cap boots.

Work experience
This programme contains 288 hours of work experience to allow students to develop their practical skills in an agricultural setting. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.

For any required work experience component of the programme, should a student be placed with an employer that has a ‘zero tolerance for drug and alcohol policy’ and the student does not agree to have a drug and/or alcohol test prior to being placed on work experience, then that student may not be able to complete the programme.

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

  • 20 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes
  • Work experience
  • Up to six hours per week of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met.

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.

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.

 Accreditation

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.

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