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New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5)


Course details

  • Ongoing
  • Part-time
  • $7,356* first year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Mixed delivery


This programme is designed for owners and managers in agricultural businesses, including those who have relevant industry experience and are ready to advance into a management capacity.

It is structured for people who are working; with face-to-face courses offered in rural locations, as well as block courses and online learning available to suit students’ work commitments.

Student in this programme will :​
  • Be able to achieve business and career goals faster 
  • Gain the confidence to present accounts and plans to banks, accountants, and other rural professionals in the best way possible 
  • Make decisions based on sound judgement  
  • Work with their own agribusiness’ statistics 
  • Gain ideas and inspiration from colleagues 
  • Have a highly respected, industry-recognised qualification 
  • Be able to directly apply what they’ve learnt to their own agribusiness

Working in partnership

A number of key industry organisations are working in partnership to help keep students' skills relevant, take their career to the next level, and achieve their business goals. These organisations include Primary ITO, DairyNZ, Dairy Training Ltd and Wintec.

Within the partnership, Agribusiness students are enrolled and managed by Wintec, the Primary ITO is responsible for marketing, recruitment and on-farm support, and Dairy Training Limited, as a specialised provider of dairy farm training, is contracted to Wintec to deliver the diploma training.

What's involved

An assessor will visit students on farm and, through a professional conversation, assess their skills and knowledge. Students will be asked to produce naturally occurring evidence, like current budgets, business plans or lending proposals – these are the documents they use in their everyday management of the farm.

What you will learn​​​

Students will study five key areas, with the final course being a report on their property. Each course is made up of unit standards. If students have completed any of the unit standards in previous study they can have them cross-credited. ​

1. Agribusiness planning and management

In this module students will learn how to:

  • Prepare a business plan and monitor their business’ performance against objectives 
  • Accurately evaluate investment options and return on investment 
  • Make decisions about an ownership structure that will future-proof their business 
  • Manage risks such as volatility in market prices and unplanned weather events 
  • Understand the concepts of asset management, transfer and succession 
  • Understand the effects of market forces on their business and their neighbours

Unit standards in module one will be delivered in the following bundles:

ModuleDelivery bundleUnit standardModule name
Agribusiness planning and management1a Business planning21385Ownership, tenure, and succession planning
21388Business planning
16655Manage capital
1b Business Risk Management21386Market forces
16661Management of risk

Courses for module 1 will be offered in the following locations:

February – July 2019: Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Whakatane, Stratford​​

September – December 2019: Online, Stratford (TBC), Cambridge (TBC) 

​2. Financial planning and management 

​In this module students will learn how to: 

  • Develop annual cash flow forecasts
  • Prepare budgets for their bank manager
  • Plan a calendar with financial requirements by season
  • Prepare a finance proposal to grow (extend or diversify) their agribusiness
  • Identify taxation and compliance 

Unit Standards in module 2 will be delivered in the following bundles:

ModuleDelivery bundleUnit standardModule name
Agribusiness financial planning and management2a Financial planning21390Financial plans
11853Prepare a case for obtaining finance
2b Business Risk Management16653Taxation requirements
21394Performance and investment opportunities

Courses for module 2 will be offered in the following locations:

February - July 2019: Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Rotorua, Stratford 

September – December 2019: Stratford (TBC)

3. Resource planning and management 

In this module students will: 

  • Learn how to enhance the sustainability of physical resources 
  • Gain skills to develop a detailed action plan to meet specified objectives 
  • Learn how to analyse results and plan for contingencies 
  • Learn how to manage natural and physical resources 

Unit Standards in module 3 are: 

ModuleUnit standardModule name
Agribusiness resource planning and management21387Physical resources
29542Develop a sustainable land and management plan for an agribusiness

Courses for module 3 will be offered in the following locations:

February – July 2019: Online 

September – December 2019: Morrinsville, Rotorua

4. Human resource planning and management

In this module students will learn how to:

  • Understand their employment obligations, including termination rights and responsibilities 
  • Understand recruitment principles and selecting the right people 
  • Apply staff management techniques to improve staff retention 
  • Build a highly productive farm team 

Unit standards in module 4 will be delivered in the following bundles:

ModuleDelivery bundleUnit standardModule name
Agribusiness human resource planning and management4a Employment planning21395Employment requirement and procedures
21396Recruitment, selection, and induction of staff
4b Work, health and safety23543Health and safety planning
21397Work allocation, performance, and training

Courses for module 4 will be offered in the following locations:

February – June 2019: Rotorua, Stratford, Cambridge, online

September – December 2019: Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Whakatane, Pukekohe, Stratford.

5. Property report

The property report involves creating a detailed report on an agribusiness of the tutor's choosing that documents every aspect of the business – from an overview of the current operation to analysis of opportunities and threats. 

The unit standard for module 5 is:

ModuleUnit standardModule name
Property report21392Agribusiness report


Application process

New students​ 

If you are new to this programme, you will need to complete two forms: 

1. The student application form, which you can complete online here​.

2. A module selection form. Primary ITO can assist with this form, which determines which courses you will do, when, and where. 

Returning students ​​​​

If you are returning to this programme, you will need to complete:

1. A returning student form, which you can do online here.

2. The module selection form​.

Primary ITO can help you through the module selection process and any transfer of credits. You can contact them on:

0800 20 80 20 

PO Box 10-383 The Terrace Wellington 6143

Graduate story

“I think it’s vital to upskill particularly the financial papers for doing cashflows and budgets. That way you can keep your bank and stakeholders up to date with the impact of lower payouts, and put some plans in place to help get through the tough times. It helps to have some control over your situation rather than a wait and see approach which may be too late!” Shona and Tony Pedersen, both Diploma graduates, Raglan.

Career/further opportunities

This programme may help graduates to move into roles such as agribusiness manager, farm owner or director. The programme may help those who are wanting to become owners of farms, or take on sharing milk contracting roles. Many graduates and students are moving towards self-employment opportunities.


Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained: 

i) 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in English or Māori; or

ii) A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 3 or above; or 

iii) Equivalent; and 

iv) Must be in a position to access financial and production performance information about a specific agribusiness.

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What you will need

Timetable information

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How to find your way around

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Parking and bus information

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He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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Paying for your study

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Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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