New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)

If farming’s your thing, this course gets you started with the introductory skills and knowledge you need for your first job in sheep, beef or dairy farming, or any other agricultural area.

Get ready for plenty of hands-on learning. In this half-year course you’ll learn how to build a range of fences and drench stock. You'll also cover animal anatomy, plant biology and soil science.

As part of the course you’ll be in the real world two days a week, gaining hands-on experience with industry experts.

Get started in your career today and become part of New Zealand’s booming agricultural industry.

Content Details

During your study you'll cover the following courses/topics:

  • Soils and Pasture Production
  • Livestock Health, Anatomy, and Nutrition
  • Technology and Sustainability in Primary Industries 
  • Livestock Handling and Welfare
  • Farm Maintenance
  • Health and Safety for Farming


Planned intakes*: February, June
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: 20 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $3,442.00 (for 3 courses)

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the requirements you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

Milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant, or general farm hand.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 4)

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the Toi Ohomai Academic Regulations.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.