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

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

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

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) & New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

This agriculture 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.

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Key Details
Telford
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
125
Duration:

44 weeks full-time

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2023 Semester 1: 30 January to 01 December

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

This programme, commonly know as Cert Ag includes a range of fundamental practical skills alongside the underpinning theory that will set you up for a career in a multitude of employment options in the primary sector. You will have at least 10 weeks of work experience on farms throughout Otago and Southland, learning from experienced host farmers, as well as theory and practical work at Telford’s campus and Telford farm.

This 44 weeks programme includes the NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) Specialist Equipment qualifications.

The programme will give students the knowledge and skills to:

  • Adopt a health and safety perspective when working on farming tasks.
  • Assist with soil and pasture management including sustainable practices to protect soil and water quality.
  • Assist with livestock production tasks.
  • Construct and prepare fences and stock water systems, safely operate a selection of vehicles and equipment, work with and care for livestock.
  • Learn about and use, new technologies, workshop carpentry and engineering tools.

The programme contains the following:

Health and Safety
Personal Wellbeing
Fencing and Shearing
Soils
Growing and Using Pasture
Animal Health and Welfare
Technology on Farm
Sustainable Practice
Animal Breeding and Production
Agriculture Machinery and Equipment
Agriculture Vehicles
Work Experience
  • Health and Safety
  • Personal Wellbeing
  • Fencing and Shearing
  • Soils
  • Growing and Using Pasture
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Technology on Farm
  • Sustainable Practice
  • Animal Breeding and Production
  • Agriculture Machinery and Equipment
  • Agriculture Vehicles
  • Work Experience

OPTIONAL

The Community Course to train working dogs can be completed alongside this programme

Graduates may be employed in a range of pasture and livestock management roles, operating vehicles and equipment with limited supervision. For example: shepherd, dairy farm assistant or general farm hand.

All Applicants preferably 17 years of age at time of course commencement, have attained NCEA Level 2, hold a restricted licence and have physical fitness appropiate for farming work.

Applicants over 20, and those over 17 who have not attained NCEA Level 2, must submit evidence of ability to succeed at level 2 or above in a related discipline, employment in the related sector for three months or more, and a written testimonial/referral.

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 International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
  • Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

This programme pathways to the Massey Diploma in Agriculture offered at Telford and to further study at other tertiary institutes

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