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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with strand in Dairy Farming


Course details

  • Rolling start dates throughout the year
  • 18 months
  • Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Regional locations; Cambridge or Te Awamutu and Tokoroa


Students in this programme will gain the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of a pastoral or arable farming production system. Students will benefit by having a qualification with a Dairy Farming strand that recognises progression through the industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge acquisition to enable improved job performance.

The programme is for people who are experienced workers in the agriculture and dairy farming industries, and are looking to move into, or are at, a management level position in an agricultural production enterprise.

This programme includes on-farm assessment which is a key practical component and point of difference that compliments learning in the classroom.

Study includes 5-7 one day workshops per semester, as well as self-directed learning at home.

View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
AGRI404Livestock Health Management & Planning420  
AGRI405Livestock Mating Management & Planning410  
AGRI406Livestock Parturition Management & Planning410  
AGRI407Environmental Impacts in Dairy Farming415  
AGRI408Pasture Production Methods & Feeding Plans420  
AGRI409Optimisation of Milk Harvesting410  
AGRI410Optimisation of Milk Quality410  
AGRI411Benchmarking Own Farm Physical Performance410AGRI404 AGRI405
AGRI412Management Reports on Farming Activities410AGRI404 AGRI405
AGRI413Maintenance Schedules of Vehicles & Equipment410AGRI404 AGRI405
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Career/further opportunities:

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work in day to day management roles within the dairy farming industry. Graduates may also go on to higher level New Zealand qualifications in the agriculture sector. This qualification is a stepping stone to management positions on-farm.



Entry criteria

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 12 credits in English or Māori; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2, or above; or
  • Equivalent.

Selection Criteria:
It is recommended that candidates will have a minimum of at least two years dairy farming experience (or equivalent) prior to enrolling into this programme.

English Language Requirements:
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score in the academic band of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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