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New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

Level 4

Keen to build your career in agriculture? Get the skills you need to manage farm operations with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4, which offers a range of specialisations.

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Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Horowhenua, UCOL Wairarapa Campus in Masterton

Duration: 42 weeks
See Course Hours for details

Dates:
Feb 2022
Dates TBC - Subject to Approval and Accreditation.

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship 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.

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 programme will help prepare you to take responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of a pastoral or arable farming production system. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills required for general farm operations and can specialise Dairy Farming, Breeding Livestock Farming or Non-Breeding Livestock Farming. You will also improve your literacy and numeracy skills needed for working in the primary industry.

This programme uses blended delivery – combining in person, online, and in-work learning. You will carry out all the practical components of the course at the farm you are employed by.

Fees-Free

Don’t miss your chance to study fees-free under TTAF – this free funding closes at the end of 2022!

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

You don’t need to apply to access the Fund - just enrol in an eligible 2022 programme, and the Fund will take care of a full year of your programme’s fees, covering up to 31 December 2022.

Get enrolled now! Please contact the info centre for more details. 

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 42 weeks, including 6 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
10 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Work Time
12 hrs

In-work activity, depending on the strand undertaken.
Study Time
11 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

By completing this programme, you will be able to carry out a range of farming work with limited supervision, including general farm operations, harvesting, dairy works, and livestock management in a rural workplace.

If you’re keen to further develop your skills, you could enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5).

 Course Information

This programme consists of 100 - 125 credits depending on the strands opted. The courses includes:

Compulsory Core Courses


Vehicles, Plant, Machinery and Equipment (10 Credits)
Students will learn about routine maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery, and equipment. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a routine maintenance schedule for vehicles, plant, machinery, and equipment.
  • Design workplace maintenance procedures to meet health and safety, recording, and reporting requirements.

Benchmarking Performance (10 Credits)
Students will learn to benchmark a farm’s physical performance against industry high performers' data and identify strategies to improve a farm’s physical and financial performance. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse physical and financial performance data.
  • Benchmark performance against industry targets.
  • Develop a range of strategies to improve production and financial performance.

Environmental Impacts (10 Credits)
Students will learn to implement and monitor a farm‘s environmental plan. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain relevant environmental legislation and compliance requirements for an agricultural enterprise.
  • Describe the impact of nutrient cycles on soil and water quality.
  • Implement, monitor, and report on a farm’s environmental plan.

Technology, Communications, Data, and Reports (15 Credits)
Students will learn effective interpersonal skills, using appropriate technology to coordinate agribusiness activity and to produce informative management reports. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective data collection and reporting methods to produce evidence-based production recommendations.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and strategies.
  • Investigate and report on the current use of agricultural production technologies

Non-Breeding Livestock Farming Strand


The core courses plus the courses for this strand consists of 100 credits.

Livestock Production Plan (15 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to implement and monitor a livestock production plan. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Implement a livestock farming production plan.
  • Describe regulatory requirements that influence planned production targets.
  • Monitor, record, and report on progress against the plan according to workplace procedures.

Livestock Health Plan (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to implement and monitor a livestock health plan. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe animal welfare practices and procedures required to meet compliance requirements.
  • Describe a range of health problems affecting livestock in relation to a specified farming operation.
  • Describe the diagnosis and treatment of a range of livestock health problems.
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to meet livestock health plan targets.
  • Implement a livestock health plan including monitoring, recording, and reporting on livestock health.

Livestock Feeding Plan (25 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to implement and monitor a livestock feeding plan. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe pasture management requirements to maximise feed quantity and quality.
  • Describe pasture maintenance and renovation methods required for pasture renewal.
  • Describe the use of feed crops in relation to a pastoral system.
  • Implement an annual livestock feed plan to meet demand and supply requirements.
  • Monitor a livestock feed plan and adapt feeding practices where required.

Breeding Livestock Farming Strand


Students opting for this strand will have to complete Livestock Breeding Plan along with Livestock Health Plan, Livestock Production Plan, and Livestock Feeding Plan courses (listed earlier). The core courses plus the courses for strand constitute 120 credits.

Livestock Breeding Plan (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to implement and monitor a livestock breeding plan. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe livestock mating management strategies to achieve optimum targets.
  • Implement, monitor, record, and evaluate a livestock mating plan.
  • Describe management strategies required to achieve optimum parturition results.
  • Implement a farm parturition plan including monitoring, recording, evaluation, and reporting.

Dairy Farming Strand


Students opting for this strand will have to complete the Milk Harvesting and Quality Management course, along with Livestock Health Plan, Livestock Breeding Plan, and Livestock Feeding Plan courses (listed earlier). The core courses plus the courses for strand constitute 125 credits.

Milk Harvesting and Quality Management (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to implement and monitor milk harvesting and milk quality. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Manage milk harvesting to optimise operating efficiency and milking performance outcomes. 
  • Describe factors that relate to milk quality industry standards.
  • Manage milk harvesting procedures to optimise milk quality.
  • Manage dairy cleaning procedures and milking plant maintenance to optimise milk quality.
  • Manage staff capability to maintain milk supply and hygiene standards.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

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

OR

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Operational Skills (Level 3) 

OR

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) with strands in Dairy Farming, and Meat and/or Fibre 

OR

demonstrate equivalent primary industry experience

OR

on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean/ Deputy Director, Wairarapa.

Applicant must be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.


 

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

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the above criteria, applicants whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Academic score of at least 5.5 issued within the last two years (or equivalent).  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

UCOL is an iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

To achieve this programme, a student will need to complete between 390 and 500 work experience hours, depending on the strand undertaken. Therefore, applicants are required to be in work (paid or unpaid) throughout this programme.

This programme requires that the applicant has a good understanding of the English language as there are written assessments which need to be achieved to complete the programme.

While UCOL provides some personal protective equipment, students must supply their own gumboots, overalls, wet weather gear and sturdy work shoes.

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. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

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 (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

TBC

 Accreditation

Subject to Approval and Accreditation.

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