New Zealand Apprenticeship in Agriculture - Dairy Farming

Level 4


Level of study

Level 4

Cost (incl GST)



20 months


Learners must be employed in the sector and have at least 3 years' experience on-farm.

*May be eligible for Government Support including Fees Free. Learn more here

Non-funded fee: from $8,657.34. Please note, this fee will only apply for non-funded learners – learners who are not employed in the industry, do not meet the entry requirements of the programme, or are not classed as “domestic learners” under the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding rules. For more information, visit the TEC website here.


This apprenticeship is ideal for Herd or Assistant Managers and will enhance learners skills so they can lead the implementation of production plans.  

The first topic will depend on the season and the full programme takes 20 months to complete.

Learning outcomes

Topics covered:

  • farm environment planning

  • feeding, pastoral production systems and benchmarking

  • milk harvesting management

  • health, mating and parturition management

  • maintenance and agribusiness activities.

When learners finish the programme, they will be able to take responsibility for their duties and work outcomes.

Enrolment Forms

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