New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) with optional strands in Specialist Equipment and Infrastructure

Strategic Purpose Statement

The purpose of the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) with optional strands in Specialist Equipment, and Infrastructure is to provide primary industry workplaces with individuals who can safely and effectively carry out operational activities which involve vehicles, machinery and infrastructure.

Primary industry workplaces will benefit by having staff with the skills to safely and effectively complete operational activities relevant to vehicles, machinery and infrastructure.

Learners will benefit by having a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the industry and enables improved job performance.

This qualification is for learners from a wide range of primary industry workplaces who want to develop a range of competencies that contribute to the safe and effective operation of a primary industry workplace.




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Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace risks.
  • Plan and carry out operational activities using mechanised equipment with consideration for environmental impacts.
  • Manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational activities.

 Graduates of the Specialist Equipment strand will also be able to:

  • Operate specialist equipment for primary industry operational activities.

 Graduates of the Infrastructure strand will also be able to:

  • Carry out activities related to the maintenance of workplace infrastructure.

Education Pathways

This qualification may build on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 2) with Primary Industry Vocational Pathway endorsement; and the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) with an optional strand in Self-Management and Employability Skills. 

Graduates may also wish to undertake one or more of the other level three qualifications appropriate to a specific primary industry context.

Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as a general hand, junior shepherd, farm assistant, harvester, assistant beekeeper, stable assistant, nursery worker or in other similar roles in primary industry workplaces.

Entry Criteria

Prospective students must have the physical capability to cope with the practical demands of this programme.

Several unit standards in this programme have pre-requisites which must be met prior to programme commencement.

Students will require suitable wet weather protective gear and farm appropriate footwear. Wet weather gear is included in the course fees for international students and is included in course related costs for domestic students. Information is provided in acceptance letters. Detail and costs can be discussed at the pre-enrolment interview.

 Domestic students

  • Age: Must be at least 16 years of age or 15 years of age with a Ministry of Education early leaver exemption.
  • Open entry with an interest in the Primary Industry. There is no mandatory prerequisites to meet regulatory body or legislative requirements for this qualification.

Fees Free applies to domestic students.

 International students

  • Age: minimum age of 18 years old or turning 18 prior to the end of the programme.
  • Academic: Open entry with a primary industry background or an interest in the primary industries in their own country.
  • International students for whom English is a second language must attain an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 or pass an internal test to assess their English proficiency level according to Rule 18 English language requirements for international students.

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