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New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management (Level 5)

Level 5

Are you ready to move into a management or supervisor role within a primary industry business? UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management will help improve your job performance and enhance your employment opportunities.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 40 weeks, full-time
2 years, part-time

09 May 2022 - 28 Apr 2023
07 Jun 2022 - 26 May 2023
18 Jul 2022 - 23 Jun 2023
15 Aug 2022 - 04 Aug 2023
12 Sep 2022 - 01 Sep 2023

Part-Time Intake
09 May 2022 - 05 May 2023
25 Jul 2022 - 21 Jul 2023
10 Oct 2022 - 29 Sep 2023

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.

This programme is designed for those in a management or supervisor role in the primary industry or those who have relevant experience and are ready to move into a management or supervisor role.

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage a wide range of primary industry business operations. This may include farming, horticulture, fishing, apiculture, and other similar activities.

Graduates will be capable of working in an independent management capacity.

This programme uses blended delivery – combining in person, online, and in-work learning.


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. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The New Zealand Government COVID-19 Mandate Order requires the following workers to be vaccinated: 

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

As well as that, private companies and organisations have the right to require staff to be vaccinated.

Therefore, to go on placement or an internship that is a part of your programme, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Develop, implement, and review a business plan for primary industry business operations to meet performance requirements.
  • Plan, implement, and review financial requirements using current and emerging technology to inform primary industry business decision making.
  • Plan, implement and review staff employment and work allocation, and apply interpersonal and leadership skills to monitor staff performance, health, safety, and well-being requirements in a primary industry business.
  • Plan, implement and review the environmental sustainability requirements of a primary industry business.
  • Determine current business position, and develop a strategic plan for the future direction of a primary industry business.

Career pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment in a management or supervisor role in a range of primary industries.

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time.

This programme consist of 120 credits. The courses includes;

Business Leadership and Management (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Contrast and compare the concepts of leadership and management and their application within primary industry entities.
  • Assess leadership and management challenges and requirements in culturally diverse working environments.
  • Utilise recognised management theory and practice to address issues within primary industry organisations. 
  • Develop leadership strategies for driving organisational change and preparing for the future of the primary industry sector.

Management Accounting and Finance (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the functional areas of accounting and finance within primary industry entities.
  • Apply knowledge of taxation, expenditure, valuation, accounts payable/receivable, profit and loss accounts, PAYE and GST functions of primary industry operations.
  • Apply financial management tools, including the use of current and emerging technology, in the planning, operation, and review of primary industry entities to inform decision making.
  • Prepare financial information for presentation to management, financiers, and/or business stakeholders.

Human Resource Management (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the employment requirements, termination procedures, and professional communication processes needed to manage staff in primary industry entities.
  • Outline the processes for managing the recruitment, selection, and induction of staff for primary industry organisations.
  • Identify and evaluate strategies for managing the allocation of work, working relationships, and social and cultural aspects of communications within teams.
  • Evaluate strategies to implement and monitor staff performance, staff training and health, and safety and wellbeing requirements within primary industry businesses.

Environment and Sustainability (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyse the natural and physical resources relevant to the management of primary industry entities.
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of central government, regional and district authorities relating to the environmental sustainability of primary industry operations, including consideration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 
  • Research and analyse current environmental management practices that enhance sustainability in primary industry entities.
  • Evaluate environmental sustainability management plans addressing enhancements, limitations, and deficiencies for the sustainable management of primary industry entities.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify workplace health and safety legislation, regulations, codes of practice, standards, and guidance documents and their role in New Zealand’s primary industry workplaces.
  • Critically review operational procedures for health, safety, and wellbeing within primary industry organisations.
  • Analyse requirements for health and safety plans for managing health, safety, and wellbeing within primary industry entities.
  • Apply strategies to assess, monitor, and respond to employee wellbeing within primary sector workplaces.

Strategic Management and Planning (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify and review the key concepts of strategic management and strategic planning processes, with particular reference to primary industry organisations. 
  • Analyse organisational performance to identify strategic positions for primary industry entities.
  • Analyse internal and external environments and evaluate strategic options for primary industry organisations.
  • Evaluate organisational performance and planning for future directions of primary industry businesses in relation to organisational objectives.

Primary Industry Business Planning (15 Credits)
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyse strategies for organisational planning, management, monitoring, and reviewing primary industry businesses.
  • Evaluate opportunities for managing the improvement of primary industry businesses or organisations.
  • Analyse the risk factors associated with the management of sustainable primary industry business developments, including environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Evaluate business plans prepared for primary industry business operations to meet performance requirements.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3 


equivalent academic achievement on a case-by-case basis


at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


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

 International Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 5.5 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).

In addition to this, international applications under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to Business Development International).

 Advice & Guidance

As UCOL becomes Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023, learners enrolling in a programme that is likely to continue into semester 1 2023 or starting in semester 1 2023 will become Te Pūkenga learners. They will receive their qualification from Te Pūkenga on completion.

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).


The programme is 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.