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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture
Pastoral Livestock Production Level 3 (Full time and Part time)

Strategic Purpose Statement

The purpose of this certificate is to provide the pastoral farming sector with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to assist in managing the factors which influence the quality of pastoral livestock production. Graduates will be cable of working under limited supervision in the pastoral livestock farming sector. Graduates of this qualification may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Assist with the management of feed supply and demand to meet livestock production targets
  • Identify weeds commonly found in a specified primary sector
  • Demonstrate understanding of the establishment and maintenance of pasture in a pastoral livestock workplace
  • Demonstrate understanding of the effect of weather on pasture supply and demand
  • Demonstrate understanding of the management of feed surpluses and deficits.

Graduates will be cable of building on their basic skills and knowledge in the area of agriculture that they are either employed in or seeking employment in.

Education Pathways

This qualification may lead onto the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with strands in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming and Livestock Farming or other industry qualifications.

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed at a junior level within the livestock sector as farm assistants or shepherds. They may be employed full-time in a production role or perform the work as part of a wider on-farm role.

Entry Requirements

Open entry with an interest in agriculture, must have the physical capability to cope with the practical demands of the qualification.

A student fee applies. Contact us for eligibility criteria and course fees. Programme approved for international students.

International Students:

Entry Criteria

Students will meet the following entry requirements:

  • have a real desire to work in the Agriculture industry
  • possess sufficient English language skills
  • are at least 18 years old (international students)

Previous Agriculture experience is considered an important factor in allowing students entry to the course and NTA will actively seek evidence of this. Acceptable evidence may be in the form of:

International students:

  • a written referee statement
  • written employment history
  • letter of endorsement from an organisation or business within the industry

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