New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

This qualification provides a good balance of theoretical and practical skills around the use of agri-vehicles, working with equipment and machinery, and maintaining infrastructure. All these skills can be applied right across the primary industries.

During your study you'll learn about tools, equipment and materials, fencing and support structures, and water systems. You'll record and respond to hazards, learn about and use chainsaws, and operate a wide range of agri-vehicles like quad bikes and tractors, as well as developing your communication and employability skills.

This programme is being run conjointly with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) which means that when you’ll be enrolled in both programmes at the same time.
 
You can find all the details about the Horticulture programme here. Note that your overall study will be 34 weeks in duration (including breaks) and your course fees will be a combination of the two programmes (see below).

Content Details

During your study you'll cover three core topics:

  • Primary Industry Infrastructure Maintenance and Hazard Management
  • Chainsaw Safety, Servicing and Use
  • Introduction to Agri-vehicles

You'll then select one of the following:

  • Operating Tractors *
  • Operating Quad Bikes *
  • Operating Light Utility Vehicles *
  • Operating Farm Motorcycles *

* Students may be able to complete additional courses for agri-vehicle operation through a training scheme.

In addition to these you’ll also cover the topics offered in the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Dates/Times/Locations

Note that because this programme is offered conjointly with New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) the overall duration of your study will be 34 weeks including breaks.

StartModeLocationDuration
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $1,820.00

Plus fee for the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) $2,428.00

TOTAL FEE for the two programmes $4,248.00

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 (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

And as a result of this programme being offered conjointly with New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) you’ll also receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3) programme will be able to pursue entry-level employment and career opportunities within the primary industry sector. Possible employment opportunities include:

  • farm assistant
  • general farm hand
  • junior shepherd
  • milk harvester
  • relief milker

Plus career opportunities relating to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production Fruit Production Strand (Level 4)

Alternative Pathways

Further study at Level 4 and above towards a range of horticulture and primary industry-related qualifications.


Entry Criteria

Entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3) programme will be in accordance with the criteria specified in the Toi Ohomai Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations).

Academic credit may be granted for relevant learning achieved prior to enrolment on a course or programme.

PLUS entry requirements relating to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

English language requirements for this programme will be in accordance with the criteria specified on page 22 of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations).