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Farming Systems and Equipment (Level 3) (Dairy, Sheep and Beef) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 03 February to 04 December

Duration:

1 year full-time

Location: Telford
Credits: 125

This is a great qualification for anyone insterested in starting out on a career in farming and agriculture! Learn farming, fencing and machinery skills to be able to assist in the management of all aspects of livestock production in a dairy, sheep or beef farming operation. This certificate is the first step in a rewarding career at the heart of New Zealand's primary sector, which could lead to farm management, farm ownership, or jobs in associated industries.

This programme includes the following qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

Health and Safety

Includes health and safety requirements and practices and safe working behaviours relevant to agricultural workplaces.

Soils

Knowledge and skills relating to the principles of soil science and soil management in relation to pasture growth.

Growing and Using Pasture

Knowledge and skills in relation to the growth, monitoring, and use of pastures and relate pasture production to feed demand.

Animal Health and Welfare

Knowledge and skills in relation to the health, care, handling of livestock and administration of animal remedies to livestock.

Animal Breeding and Production

Knowledge and skills in relation to tasks associated with animal breeding and production

Technology on Farm

Knowledge and skills in the use of tools as well as relate common technology to farm production.

Sustainable Practices

Knowledge and skills around sustainable practices in relation to common farming practices as well as being able to identify opportunities to reduce the impact of farming practices on soil and water resources.

Vehicle Operation

Knowledge and skills of basic maintenance and the operation of Agri-vehicles and mechanised equipment commonly found in the primary industries.

Personal Wellbeing

Knowledge and skills in relation to maintaining personal wellbeing, personal budgeting, food preparation in preparation for working in the primary industries.

Farm Maintenance

Knowledge and skills to construct temporary electric and common permanent fences for the primary industry.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 direct material costs $2,500.00 (Including GST)

Graduates of this programme of study may be employed in a range of roles in pastoral farming enterprises requiring limited supervision, for example:

  • milk harvester
  • shepherd
  • dairy farm assistant
  • general farm hand. 

Applicants under 20 years: 

  • Must be 16 years of age at time of course commencement. 
  • Should have attained NCEA Level 2. 
  • Applicants under 20 years of age who have not attained NCEA Level 2 must submit evidence of ability to succeed, examples of ability to succeed include provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at level 2 or above in a related discipline; employment in the related sector for three months or more; written testimonial/referral.  

Applicants over 20 years: 

  • Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of ability to succeed include provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at level 2 or above in a related discipline; employment in the related sector for three months or more; written testimonial/referral. 

Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.  

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment.

Certificate at Level 3

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

The Qualification Outcomes and Graduate Profile for the Farming Systems and Equipment programme of study are detailed as follows: 
New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) 
Graduates of this qualification will 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. 
  • Use appropriate technology within a pastoral farming system. 
  • Assess and minimise risk to self, others and equipment. 
  • Apply knowledge of sustainable practices to pastoral farming systems. 

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) 
Graduates of this qualification will be able to: 

  • Identify and assist with the management of workplace risks. 
  • Plan and carry out operational activities using mechanised equipment with consideration for environmental impacts. 
  • Manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational activities. 

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