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Dairy Processing 3

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


Course details

  • Part-time
  • $2,677*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton City Campus
Please note this course is currently not available. For expressions of interest, please get in touch with us by email.


The programme 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.

This programme is designed for current employees of the New Zealand dairy manufacturing industry. Students will develop skills and knowledge to work in a product quality role in a primary products food processing operation.


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

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ENPR001The Science of Milk310  
ENPR002Introduction to Dairy Processing310  
ENPR003Food Assurance35  
ENPR004Cow to Customer Project315  

Online student learning

Approximately three 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 need access to a computer with internet access (either at home or at work) for the entirety of the programme.

Induction session

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

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)


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 20 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in 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 of 5.0 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Please note, this course is currently not available.


What you will need

Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

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:

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    General book suppliers

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