What can the National Trade Academy do for you?

We have a diverse range of courses available, from Agriculture, Horticulture, Equine, Animal Care, English Language courses, Commercial Pilot Licence, Welding and more. Browse our range of courses below for more details.

Learn about the National Trade Academy

We're located just 10 minutes from Christchurch city, with purpose-built facilities designed to educate and inspire. We're close enough to the city to make travel easy while allowing us the 70 hectares of space that we need.

All students are involved in the day-to-day running and development of the farm and riding school, giving excellent hands-on training.


Hear from some of our students

Our experience at NTA was very useful because it helped us and introduced us to New Zealand's work system. We learnt about Kiwi culture and new farming technologies. NTA helped us to quickly get used to work and life here in New Zealand. We did it easily because most of the tasks we performed on the farm we had practised at NTA during our course. Muchas gracias.
Jennifer and Diego
I came to NZ to improve my understanding of NZ farming systems as we have a Dairy farm back in India. I completed two courses at the National Trade Academy in Agriculture to learn more about pasture management and milking systems. I spent a year working on farms in NZ before returning to India to put into practice what I have learned.
George Kuruvithadam
The course gave me confidence in all aspects of farming. I found it easy to have one on one with the tutor and I really enjoyed the practical work experiences. The National Trade Academy helped to get my first job on a Dairy farm at Brookside outside of Christchurch. I recommend the course to other international students who have an interest in Agriculture.
Kumar Praduman
I enrolled in the NTA Certificate in NZ Farming Skills. The course has helped me to gain both the skills and knowledge I required to understand NZ pastoral based farming systems. At the end of the course, I gained a position on a dairy farm and have put my new skills and knowledge into practice.
Daniel Jones
David came to the NTA in 2009 to learn to speak English. Since he completed the NTA Certificate in New Zealand Farming Skills David has worked on two dairy farms. On both farms he has enjoyed working with friends from his course at NTA and David has recently been promoted to Herd Manager alongside his NTA friend Pedro, who has also been promoted to 2IC on the same farm in Dunsandel.
David Guzman
I really loved my time at the Academy. I really enjoyed the mix of classroom and practical work and the tutors and other students were fantastic. The course prepared me well for my current job on a Sheffield Hill country property, carrying 150 cattle and 4000 ewes.
Alex Fenemor
New Zealand
After completing a STAR course while still at school, Keri decided to enrol with the NTA on the Level 3 Agriculture course. "I enjoyed the mix of theory and practical work and the laid back environment. Having small classes was great, plus the tutors were really friendly and easy to get along with." After completing the course Keri was employed on a Dairy farm in Dunsandel in Central Canterbury.
Keri Bowen
New Zealand
Hayley Egan joined the National Trade Academy Telford Certificate in Equine Studies Level 3 Course in 2007 to further her knowledge and skills in the equine industries sector. After 38 weeks, Hayley graduated with the Telford Certificate Level 3 and also the National Certificate in Equine 'Stable Practice' Level 3. "I had a great time on the course and really enjoyed the things we learnt. The tutor was great and the facilities were excellent."
Hayley Egan
New Zealander

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