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New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

with optional strands in Specialist Equipment, and Infrastructure.

Are you keen to get work assisting farm, stable or nursery daily operations? UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills programme will help you gain a range of operational skills that are in demand.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 12 weeks full-time
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

Dates:
25 Jul 2022 - 14 Oct 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$1760.65 [Eligible for fees-free (up to $6,500 per year) until 30 June 2023.]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.

The New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills is for learners from a wide range of primary industry workplaces who want to develop a range of competencies that contribute to the safe and effective operation of a primary industry workplace.

This qualification helps you develop your skills for safely and effectively completing operational activities involving vehicles, machinery, and infrastructure in the workplace.

Note: Components of this course are delivered at Taratahi (non-residential)

Fees-Free

Don’t miss your chance to study fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, of which UCOL is a subsidiary, has extended the TTAF funding until 30 June 2023 if your studies begin in 2022!

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under TTAF.

You don’t need to apply to access the Fund - just enrol in an eligible 2022 programme, and the Fund will take care of the programme’s fees until 30 June 2023.

Get enrolled now! Please contact the info centre for more details.


COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The New Zealand Government COVID-19 Mandate Order requires the following workers to be vaccinated: 

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

As well as that, private companies and organisations have the right to require staff to be vaccinated.

Therefore, to go on placement or an internship that is a part of your programme, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 12 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
12 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Industry Experience
8 hrs

In-work activity.
Study Time
20 hrs

Study in your own time.


 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace risks.
  • Plan and carry out operational activities using mechanised equipment with consideration for environmental impacts.
  • Manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational activities.

Graduates of the Specialist Equipment strand will also be able to:

  • Operate specialist equipment for primary industry operational activities.

Graduates of the Infrastructure strand will also be able to:

  • Carry out activities related to the maintenance of workplace infrastructure.

Career outcome
Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as a general hand, junior shepherd, farm assistant, harvester, assistant beekeeper, stable assistant, nursery worker or in other similar roles in primary industry workplaces.

 Course Information

Note: As a business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

The programme consists of 40-60 credits.

Management of workplace risks and personal wellbeing (15 Credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify risks that can affect personal wellbeing and describe and apply wellbeing management strategies for operational activities.
  • Identify and discuss factors that can contribute to primary industry workplace risks.
  • Describe primary industry workplace strategies to eliminate or minimise risks.
  • Provide and manage first aid in a primary industry workplace.

Mechanised equipment – vehicles (15 Credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain compliance requirements and environmental implications for safe and effective operation of specific primary industry vehicles.
  • Explain the purpose, functions, components, maintenance, and environmental implications for operating specific primary industry vehicles.
  • Safely operate specific primary industry vehicles

Mechanised equipment – machinery (10 Credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose, functions, components, maintenance, and environmental implications of specific primary industry machinery.
  • Safely operate small powered machinery and equipment for specific primary industry purposes.

Specialist equipment (optional strand) (10 Credits)

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose, functions, components, and maintenance requirements of specific primary industry specialist equipment.
  • Safely operate specialist equipment for specific primary industry operation.

Infrastructure (optional strand) (10 Credits)

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose, functions, and components for safe and effective activities and maintenance of specific primary industry infrastructure.
  • Safely maintain primary industry infrastructure for a specific operation. 

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.

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