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Farming Systems, Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure

Level 3

This programme is a combination of New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
12 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) $2,197.50 , New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) $4,150.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you have a passion for the outdoors and rural life, consider studying UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

There are good job prospects in the pastoral farming industry for those who have an understanding of the key inputs into farming systems, and the wider context of the pastoral farming industry in terms of environmentally and financially sustainable farming practices.

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) focuses on health and safety, quads, motorcycles, LUV’s, tractors, water systems, fencing and can lead to multiple job prospects in the pastoral farming industry.  

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) provides students with practical competencies required for agricultural employment and further studies within the primary industry sector. The focus is on pasture, fertilisers, lambs/sheep, calves/cattle, farm dogs, soils, nutrition, hazards and injury, weather and rural employment.

PLEASE NOTE
These courses run alongside each other at the same time. You'll need to enrol in both courses separately.

 Career & Study Outcomes

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure)
When you graduate you will be able to work under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector in a role such as a milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand, and:
  • Carry out a range of activities related to the use and/or maintenance of workplace vehicles, machinery and infrastructure
  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace hazards in an agricultural environment

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems)
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under limited supervision in the pastoral farming sector in a range of roles including milk harvester, shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand. You'll be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of key farming inputs to pastoral farming systems
  • Assist with key livestock production tasks in a pastoral farming context
  • Utilise technology within pastoral farming systems
  • Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems.

Education pathway

You could choose to undertake further study in the sector, including:

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) will cover the following:

  • Workplace hazards including first aid
  • Water systems
  • Fencing
  • Fertilisers and chemicals
  • Vehicles (quad, motorcycle and LUV)
  • Tractors (introductory)

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) will cover the following:

  • Pastoral farming and agricultural systems
  • Sustainable practices
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Land and water quality and use 
  • Fertiliser use and implications
  • Soil properties
  • Farm practices and farm animal behaviour
  • Assist with livestock grazing management and feed livestock
  • Assist with handling cattle in yards
  • Assist with the preparation and handling of lambs for docking
  • Handling livestock
  • Farm dogs
  • Calf rearing from birth to weaning
  • Health and safety
  • Social requirements for living rurally
  • Rural employment
  • Weather monitoring and interpretation
  • Calculations for primary production

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) comprises 85 credits. 

The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) Level 3 comprises 45 credits.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. If you have any special needs or requirements, advise the Programme Leader before the course begins.

Work experience
For any required work experience component of the programme, should a student be placed with an employer that has a ‘zero tolerance for drug and alcohol policy’ and the student does not agree to have a drug and/or alcohol test prior to being placed on work experience, then that student may not be able to complete the programme.

Timetable

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

  • 20 hours per week of timetabled theory and practical classes
  • Work experience
  • Up to six hours per week of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met.


Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own:
  • Gumboots (Red Band) - approximately $75
  • Bush shirt (Swandri Ranger Style) - approximately $131
  • Wet weather gear - approximately $90
  • Sturdy work shoes / steel cap boots - approximately $95
Work experience
The New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) programme contains 225 hours of work experience to allow students to develop their practical skills in an agricultural setting. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.

 Accreditation

The programmes are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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