New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills with strands in Specialist Equipment or Infrastructure - Horticulture

Level 3


Level of study

Level 3

Cost (incl GST)

Was from $663, now from $331.50*


7-8 months. Start any time.


Learners must be employed in the sector.

*Get up to 50% off fees in 2024, only applies to funded learner fees. Learn more here.

Vehicle, machinery and agri-chemical units available at an additional cost. 

Non-funded fee from: $2,711.44. 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.


Gain the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively carry out operational activities involving vehicles, machinery and infrastructure. Learning is adapted to fit with machinery you use in your day-to-day role with options including setting up an irrigation system, agri-chemical handling, operating chainsaws, quad bikes, motorcycles, tractors and LUVs.

Optional strands of the qualification include:

Specialist Equipment such as a harvester, tractor drawn implements, hydralada, agrichemical application and more.

Infrastructure to confidently carry out activities related to maintenance of infrastructure such as fencing, support structures for fruit crops, hydroponic systems and more.

Learning outcomes

Learning will equip learners to:

  • complete a risk assessment and develop recording systems for primary industry machinery use
  • manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational activities.

The rest of the programme can be adapted for use with any primary industry business model to fit with machinery learners will be using in their day-to-day roles.

These include the safe handling of agrichemicals, setting up an irrigation system and the use of specific tools and machinery. Learners can also choose from chainsaws or vehicles they will be operating so they can be safe and confident in the workplace.

Vehicles include:

  • Tractor
  • Quad Bike
  • LUV
  • Motorcycle

Enrolment Forms

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Get up to 50% off* fees in 2024

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