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Dairy Processing 3

Leading to New Zealand Certificate in Primary Products Food Processing (Level 3) with strands in: Product Quality Implementation


  • Starts 31 January 2017
  • Programme is delivered in block courses. There is one 3-week block and two 2-week blocks
  • Fee Guideline: $2,326*
  • Hamilton City Campus

Dairy Processing 3 has been designed to provide the primary products food processing sector with competent employees who have the skills and knowledge to work in a product quality role, in a primary products food processing operation.

The programme will also support career opportunities for people who are working in basic positions in product quality implementation; and will enable students to gain the specific skills and knowledge required to work in a product quality implementation field.

The New Zealand Certificate in Primary Products Food Processing (Level 3) programme is designed for current employees of the New Zealand Dairy Manufacturing Industry. It aims to give students the basic knowledge and skills they need to enrol in Year 1 of the two-year New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing (Level 6), which is also delivered at Wintec.


The Dairy Processing 3 programme will be delivered as one 3-week block course and two 2-week blocks at the Wintec Hamilton City Campus, which is located in the centre of Hamilton City.

Block Teaching Dates

Block 1: 31 January - 5 February and 7 February - 17 February 

Block 2: 3 April – 13 April

Block 3: 5 June – 16 June


Sessions will be timetabled for each of the following four subjects during each two-week block. Students will move between classrooms and laboratories over the course of each day to integrate their theoretical and practical learning.

The Science of Milk

You'll learn to apply knowledge of the chemical and microbiology properties of raw dairy milk produced in New Zealand dairy production systems.

Introduction to Dairy Processing

You'll learn the basic knowledge and practical skills in the following topics: generic dairy manufacturing process; and the fundamental physics principles and fundamental mathematical principles in key dairy manufacturing processes, milk preservation, and problem solving techniques in dairy manufacturing processes.

Food Assurance

You'll gain an understanding of quality management tools and controls to ensure dairy products are made safely, be able to describe internal quality management tools and external controls that are operated and maintained on a dairy manufacturing site, and you'll gain knowledge of sampling and testing regimes for dairy products.

Cow to Customer Project

You'll undertake a project where you'll link an end-to-end dairy manufacture process to produce safe dairy products.

Online Student Learning

Approximately 3 hours per week. Online teaching and learning support will be provided between teaching blocks and there will be online tasks and activities to complete in a sequential manner.

To complete this programme of study, all students will require access to a computer with internet access (either at home or at work) for the entirety of the programme.

Induction Session for each Programme 

There will be an introductory induction session on the first day of class. During the first teaching block students will receive:

  • Information about the structure and format of the programme
  • Instruction in the use of Moodle (online teaching and learning platform) to access class notes, quizzes, activities and other teaching and learning resources between teaching blocks
  • Information about Wintec laboratory health and safety requirements

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of three years secondary education; and
  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics and Science; or
  • Equivalent qualification; and
  • Have worked for one dairy season in a New Zealand dairy company, or an equivalent

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

Candidates aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a
reasonable chance of success through other educational achievements and/or work life experience
may be eligible for Provisional Entry, at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

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Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of the programme will have the skills and knowledge to work as junior environmental officers or product quality checkers in a primary products food processing operation, such as dairy processing. Graduates may also apply to study the New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing (Level 6)

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