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New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing (Level 6)


Course details

  • Feb 2025
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • $8,027*
  • Level 6
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme introduces new areas of dairy manufacturing for those individuals who are employed within the industry as specialists in manufacturing, laboratory, quality, logistics, technical, or other relevant areas. The programme provides students with skills and knowledge in the dairy industry, and is a pathway to career advancement.


The New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing programme is delivered over a two-year period, by well-recognised and experienced dairy industry experts. Classes comprise a mixture of lectures, interactive learnings, group and individual research, case studies and practical activities.

There are three three-week block courses each year delivered at the Hamilton City Campus. Some targeted off-site visits are also organised to enhance the learning environment.

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SCDT501Dairy Chemistry515  
SCDT502Dairy Microbiology and Preservation515  
SCDT503Dairy Processing515  
SCDT601Dairy Engineering615  
SCDT602Protein and Cream Technology615  
SCDT603Cheese and Whey Technology615  
SCDT604Milk Powder Technology615  
SCDT605Dairy manufacturing Systems615  

Online student learning

Approximately six 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.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Wintec’s Certificate in Dairy Technology (Level 3); or National Certificates in Dairy Manufacturing at Level 4; or an equivalent foundation qualification assessed as relevant by the Team Manager; or
b) NCEA Level 3 or higher in Science and Mathematics; or
c) To be able to demonstrate a level of competency in these subjects assessed as equivalent by the Team Manager.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated
nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

Be currently employed in or have a minimum of one year’s practical industry experience in the dairy processing industry

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; 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.

Semester 1 2024

Date: Monday 12 February 2024
Time: 9am
Venue: D2.01, D Block, City Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook with you on your first day. We also recommend bringing an electronic device (laptop/tablet).

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. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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