New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices

Get into the land based primary industry sector with the New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3). Learn the skills and knowledge needed to be able to actively contribute to the environmentally sustainable performance of a land based industry in Agriculture or Horticulture. 

This programme will provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in land based sustainable practices.

     
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Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
40
Duration:

12 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning
Dates:

2024 Intake 5: 05 August to 25 October - Applications Close 22 July 2024

2024 Intake 6: 16 September to 06 December - Applications Close 02 September 2024

2025 Intake 1: 27 January to 18 April - Applications Close 13 January 2025

2025 Intake 2: 03 March to 23 May - Applications Close 17 February 2025

2025 Intake 3: 28 April to 18 July - Applications Close 14 April 2025

2025 Intake 4: 09 June to 29 August - Applications Close 26 May 2025

2025 Intake 5: 04 August to 24 October - Applications Close 21 July 2025

2025 Intake 6: 15 September to 05 December - Applications Close 01 September 2025

Fees:

Fees Free

First year of tertiary study

Tuition Fee: $0    Check eligibility

 

SIT Zero Fees Scheme

  • Tuition Fee: $0   Check eligibility
  • Direct material Cost: $7.00 per credit (incl GST)

(e.g. $700 for 100 credit course)

 

International Fees

$8333

 

Unsure which one is for me? Check Fees Eligibility Check my options

 

     

The New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) will teach you the skills and knowledge to actively contribute to environmental, conservation and land based management practices to enhance sustainability. You will be able to choose to focus on Horticulture, Agriculture or both strands.

This course will teach you to identify and apply knowledge of sustainable environmental, conservation and land based management practices to activities in a land based context.

You will learn:

  • Sustainable Practices
  • Application of Sustainable Management
  • Conservation Practice
  • Horticulture strand: Plant Health & Protection, Sustainable Food Production and Sustainable Planting
  • Agriculture strand: Livestock Management, Sustainable Livestock Production and Livestock Health & Protection. 
     

*As of 01 January 2022, SIT2LRN has updated the paper codes to be in line with other Southern Institute of Technology’s qualifications. The paper name and content are the same.

Please ensure that you are selecting the correct papers when you enrol online as the application will now show the new paper codes.

Please see the table below for the old and new codes

Compulsory paper = ENVI3501 Sustainability

Choose two electives (3 papers total)

ENVI3501
 

Introduction to Sustainability

 

Credits: 10
 

AimThe aim of this course is to introduce Aotearoa, New Zealand sustainability issues and encourage reflection on own practices
 
LO1
 
Discuss sustainability principles in an Aotearoa, New Zealand context
 
LO2
 
Reflect on own sustainability practices and identify ways to improve those practices
 
LO3
 
Describe compliance requirements for land-based sustainable practices
 

ENVI3502


 

Composting

 

Credits: 15

 

Aim
 
The aim of this course is to introduce the benefits of composting and to explore the techniques and processes to successfully produce compost.
 
LO1
 
Compare a range of composting techniques
 
LO2
 
Demonstrate the benefits of composting organic material
 

ENVI3503


 

Growing Local Food

 

Credits: 15

 

Available from Intake 3 2024

Aim
 
The aim of this course is to explore sustainable growing techniques for the local environment.
 
LO1
 
Describe the benefits of growing and selling food locally
 
LO2
 
Describe small-volume vegetable and/or fruit selling systems in Aotearoa, New Zealand
 
LO3
 
Prepare a plan for sustainably growing one vegetable or fruit crop
 

ENVI3504


 

Native Plant Propagation

 

Credits: 15
 

Aim
 
The aim of this course is to gain knowledge of a range of Aotearoa, New Zealand native plants and explore eco-sourcing and successful propagation from seed
 
LO1
 
Identify and describe a range of native plant species
 
LO2
 
Demonstrate techniques used in seed collection and propagation.
 
LO3
 
Explore the reasons for eco-sourcing seeds
 

ENVI3505


 

Riparian Planting

 

Credits: 15
 

Aim
 
The aim of this programme is to identify the factors influencing waterway quality in Aotearoa, New Zealand and the benefits of riparian planting.
 
LO1
 
Identify the factors influencing waterway quality in Aotearoa, New Zealand
 
LO2
 
Explain the benefits of riparian plantings for waterways
 
LO3
 
Prepare a riparian planting plan
 

ENVI3506


 

Sustainable Water Use

 

Credits: 15

Aim
 
The aim of this programme is to explore water in a global and local context and the techniques for efficient and sustainable water use in a land-based context
 
LO1
 
Describe water related issues in a global and national context
 
LO2
 
Discuss methods and equipment to use water sustainably
 
LO3
 
Apply practices that utilise water sustainably
 
     

Graduates of this qualification may be self-employed, or employed as Iwi workers, Community Council workers, growers, farmers, farm workers or Department of Conservation workers.

     

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 as follows:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and
  • Literacy – minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes, unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required)
  • Numeracy – a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either achievement standards – specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants

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 demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above, and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  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

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: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic) 
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

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide. Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under "Application Criteria")
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under "Course Content")
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed an approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling under, or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates). These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience)
  • I understand that this is a Level 3 programme therefore I will be required, by the Tertiary Education Commission, to complete at least one literacy and one numeracy assessment as part of my studies
  • I have computer access, an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees however there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment, and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling under (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling under;
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA records of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks, however we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) and be awarded this qualification, the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 40 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) full-time over 3 months or part-time over 2 years

Please note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme reqirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

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