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Lincoln University





Location: Canterbury


  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
  • Postgraduate Dipolma in Agricultural Science
  • Master of Agricultural Science
  • Master of Commerce (Agricultural)
  • Graduate Diploma in organic agriculture
  • Telford Cert in Agriculture

Massey University

MasseyMassey is world-renowned in agriculture, food and animal sciences education, and is the leading provider of knowledge and expertise to New Zealand’s primary production industries. Massey agriculture programme is ranked 19th in the world for agriculture (in the Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) world university subject ranking) – find out more about joining this exciting industry by studying at Massey.


  • Albany
  • Palmerston North
  • Wellington
  • Extramural

University of Waikato





Location: Hamilton


  • Bachelor of Management Studies


Aoraki Polytechnic


It’s an exciting time to be part of Aoraki Polytechnic.

Just like you’ve been thinking about your future, where you’ll end up and what you need to do to get there, we’ve been thinking about the best way to help you get there.

We’ve beefed up our expertise and learning pathways in courses that lead to jobs with the highest demand in our region, and throughout New Zealand.

We offer a range of Certificate and Diploma programmes in a variety of subject areas – Primary Industries, Arts & Design, Beauty & Hairdressing, Business & Tourism, Health & Education, Hospitality, Information Technology, Media, Outdoor,  Sport & Fitness, and Trades.

If you’d always dreamed of studying primary industries through Lincoln University, wanted to study agribusiness management on-the-job with Primary ITO, or had your heart set on a trades qualification with the CPIT name on it, you can now do that, with us.

You’ll get more support at Aoraki now, than ever before. Each and every one of our students gets one on one help to put together their programme, and keep it on track. No getting lost in the crowd, no scratching your head and wondering where to get help. We make it really easy.

Start out here, and work your way to there. Or really focus on here, and what the Aoraki experience has to offer. Either way, you don’t miss out.

You really can have the best of both worlds.

Our region, the Central South Island, has so much to offer – and we’re committed to making sure our learners are ready to take that out to the world. We’re also working to make sure employers know why they should take notice of Aoraki graduates, now.


  • Timaru
  • Christchurch
  • Ashburton
  • Oamaru
  • Dunedin


  • National cert in agriculture (intro skills) level 2
  • Certificate in rural machinery (Level 2)
  • National cert in farming skills (Work Ready) Level 3

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic


Our training courses can get you started, helping you choose from the many job opportunities horticulture has to offer including fruit production, nursery work, flower and vegetable production, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

There are both full-time and part-time courses available so if you’re already working you can upskill and learn while you earn.

Our courses include:

  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) Level 2
  • National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Post-Harvest Strand) Level 2 & Level 4
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production Strand) Level 2 & Level 4
  • Certificate in Kiwifruit – Orchard Skills Level 3 (free programme)

Short courses:

  • Fruit Production for Profit
  • Growsafe Spray Safety Certification


Location: Tauranga

Eastern Institute of Technology





Location: Hawke’s Bay


  • Certificate in General Farm Skills (Level 2 – free)
  • National certificate in Agriculture (General Skills Level 2, Free)
  • National certificate in Farming Skills (Work Ready Level 3)
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)
  • National Diploma in Agribusiness Management (NDAM)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology






  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
  • Richmond


  • NZ diploma in Aviation (Aeorplane and Helicopter) with strands in Agriculture, and General Aviation) Level 5






Location: Whangarei


  • National certificate in Agriculture (general skills)
  • National certificate in Farming Skills (Work Ready) Level 3
  • Certificate in General Farm Skills (Level 3)
  • National certificate in fencing (Level 3)
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

Open Polytechnic





  • National certificate in Agribusiness Management (Agribusiness Resource Management)
  • Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3)

Otago Polytechnic







  • National certificate in animal care (Starts Feb and July)
  • National certificate in Veterinary Nursing (Starts Feb and July)
  • Certificate in Rural Animal Technology (Commences Feb)
  • National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Starts Feb and July)

Central Otago

  • National Certificate in Farming Skills (Work Ready) (Level 3)
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Sustainable Growing (Level 2 and 3) Part time
  • Certificate in Sustainable Farming (Level 2 and 3) Part time
  • Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) Part time
  • Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) Part time
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Part time

Tai Poutini Polytechnic






  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Reefton
  • Wanaka
  • Westport


  • National Certificate in Agriculture (General Skills)
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Production Management) with strands in Arable Farming, dairy farming, deer farming and sheep farming

Telford Rural Polytechnic

TelfordDedicated to skills development for those in the rural sector, Telford has been training people within the agricultural sector for over 45 years.

The Division offers practical training in rural business, agriculture, rural animal technician, stock and station, equine, forestry, horticulture, and apiculture (beekeeping). Based 6km from Balclutha in South Otago on a 921-ha commercial farm, Telford offers real farming experience for live-in students.

Telford also has over 30 diverse correspondence courses so no matter where you live in New Zealand, you can still enrol at Telford.

Location: Balclutha

  • Telford Diploma in Rural Business (Level 5)
  • Telford certificate for Rural Animal Technicians (level 4)
  • Telford certificate in Applied Rural Production (level 4)
  • Telford certificate in Stock and Station (Level 4)
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Introducry Skills – level 2) FARMSAFE programme







  • Palmerston North
  • Wanganui
  • Wairarapa


  • National certificate in Farming Skills (work ready, Level 3) – programme delivered by Taratahi

Waiariki Institute of Technology






  • Mokoia
  • Waipa
  • Taupo
  • Tokoroa
  • Whakatane


  • Certificate in Agriculture and Farm Maintenance
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 2) with strands in Cattle Farming, Dairy Farming and Sheep farming
  • Certificate in Horticulture, Forest management and Forestry Operations






Location: Waikato


  • National Certificate in Horticulture, Landscape Design, Arboriculture, Floristry
  • Certificate in Animal Care, Vet Nursing, Production Animal Technology
  • National Certificate and Diploma in Agribusiness Management

Western Institute of Technology Taranaki





Location: New Plymouth


  • National certificate in farming skills (work ready)
  • Certificate in organic Horticulture


Agriculture New Zealand

AgNZ colour logo pgw green_001Agriculture New Zealand is a national multi-site Private Training Establishment owned by PGG Wrightson. We are registered and accredited with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to deliver approved training courses at levels 1-6 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Agriculture New Zealand provides training for all stages of the agriculture or horticulture career ladder:

• Programmes in school for school students
• Full Time pre-employment programmes for people beginning their agricultural and horticultural careers
• Part-Time courses for lifestyle block owners; people employed or looking for a career in the agriculture or horticulture industries; anyone interested in extending their knowledge and skills in a particular interest area
• Farm workers and farm owners

Our full-time courses are ideal for people starting their agriculture or horticulture careers. These courses are offered at various sites throughout New Zealand:
• Future Farmer
• Introductory Rural Skills
• Go Dairying
• Foundation Agriculture (Farm Ready)
• Foundation Horticulture

Our part-time courses provide flexible learning options for a wide range of people and include:
• Go Organic
• Applied Organics
• Riparian Revegetation

Ag Challenge Ltd





Location: Wanganui


  • National certificate in dairy farming (milking) Level 3
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Animal Feeding and Pastures) Level 3
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Cattle Breeding) Level 3
  • National certificate in Agriculture with strands in beef cattle farming, dairy and sheep farming Level 4

Agribusiness Training







  • National certificate in Agriculture (General Skills) Certificate in Land Based Skills

Primary ITO






Level 1,2,3,4,5 training in Agriculture, Horticulture, Sports Turf, Water, Equine, Meat Processing, Dairy Manufacturing and Seafood Processing.

Community Colleges NZ Ltd






  • National certificate in Agriculture (Introductory Skills)
  • Community Colleges Certificate in Agriculture Foundation Skills

Courses Direct





Agricultural, horticultural, animal care courses.

National Trade Academy







  • National certificate in Agriculture “General Skills” (Level 2)
  • National certificate in Agriculture (Level 2)
  • Strands in cattle farming, dairy farming, deer farming and sheep farming

Land Based Training Ltd






  • LBT Certificate in Agriculture with strands in Dairy.
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Introductory Skills).
  • Land Based Training Certificate in Agriculture.
  • Otiwhiti Farm training school, AWHI Farm school, Te Rua o Te Moko Farm school.

Onsite Education








  • Levels 3 & 4 Agriculture and Horticulture programmes
  • National Certificate in Equine level 3
  • National Certificate in Fruit Production level 4







  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Introductory Skills)
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (General skills)
  • Taratahi Certificate in Agriculture
  • National Certificate in Equine
  • National Certificate in Fencing
  • Nat Certificate in Horticulture
  • Lincoln and Massey University’s Diploma in Agriculture

Tectra Limited






  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Introductory Skills)
  • Straight to Work Dairy Farming
  • Certificate in Wool Technology (classing)
  • Shearing
  • Pressing and Wool Harvesting Training

Tuaranga Ararau iwi training provider and training farm, Gisborne






  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Stockmanship) Level 3.
  • Aquaculture and marine studies, agriculture, forestry training.

Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training Trust

waipoaWe install the skills, ethics, knowledge and disciplines that a young person needs in order to succeed in today’s agriculture industry.

The Waipaoa training model culture is based around core values of self discipline, team work and friendship. Graduates from our program have a reputation for being well rounded, confident and motivated to achieve at the highest level. “Work Ready” as we see it.

Our Nationally recognised training initiatives are leading the way in preparing future agricultural leaders.

  • We deliver training in:
  • National Certificate qualifications at levels 3 and 4
  • Industry best practice
  • Animal husbandry
  • Stockmanship, dog training and horsemanship
  • General operations
  • Pasture, soil and fertiliser management
  • Planning and infrastructure development
  • Farm management systems
  • Life skills and human resource development
  • IT and farm computer programs.