Strategic Purpose Statement
The New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture) (Level 2) is a qualification with an emphasis on the general skills essential for people already working in the agriculture industry that aren’t directly related to core livestock or arable farming or those people interested in a career in agriculture. This qualification will suit either school leavers or learners new to training, who have yet to choose a specialisation in the agriculture sector.
The health and safety section includes the skills and knowledge associated with hazard identification, safety procedures, and safe work practices in a rural workplace.
The Practical Task electives section recognises a wide range of skills relevant to working in the agriculture industry that are not specific to livestock handling or arable farming while the Safe Work Practice electives has a focus on the knowledge and skills required for the safe operation of tractors and either motorbikes or quad bikes.
The Dairy, Sheep, and Cattle courses offer units relevant to these areas for learners with specific employment goals.
People undertaking this qualification may be working in or seeking to work in a variety of agricultural sectors, and therefore the inclusion of generic farming standards recognises practical skills for both livestock and arable farming and provides the context in which assessment takes place on-farm.