New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

2021 Semester 2: 26 July to 02 December

Duration:

18 weeks full-time

Location: Telford
Credits: 70

Are you involved in a primary industry and looking to learn more about sustainability? Would you like to learn more about how to work in a self-managing capacity by implementing practices and initiatives that will bring long-term benefits to your community and the environment? The New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production may be the qualification you've been looking for.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to day-to-day sustainable management of land-based production operations
  • To enable further training in the area of sustainable management
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base of land based sustainability practices for those working or intending to work in the sector

PIT200  Production Standards (10 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge of environmental standards and sustainable production standards employed in New Zealand relevant to sustainable primary production, in order for students to consider the application of these standards in own practice.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of a regional council, or unitary authority, with regard to environmental standards in New Zealand.
  2. Compare and contrast the sustainable production standards of a relevant industry accreditation body and environmental standards of a regional council/unitary authority.
  3. Describe the influence of sustainable production and environmental standards on a production operation.  

      
PIT201  Evaluating Land-Based System Compliance (10 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate a land-based system for compliance with a sustainable production standard.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe a land-based production system.
  2. Identify, and explain relevance of, at least two environmental or sustainable production standards applicable to the land-based production system.
  3. Evaluate the compliance of the land-based production system with the identified environmental or sustainable production standards.

PIT202  Sustainable Practices (10 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge of sustainable practices in New Zealand relevant to sustainable primary production, in order for students to consider the application of these practices in own endeavours.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe a land-based production system.
  2. Identify, and explain relevance of, at least two of the following sustainable practices applicable to the land-based production system:
    a.     Nutrient budgeting
    b.     Planting (e.g. riparian, wetland, companion, green crop, land stabilsation)
    c.     Energy conservation
    d.     Water conservation
    e.     Water quality enhancement
    f.    Waste and/or effluent management

PIT203  Sustainable Practice Plans (10 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a sustainable practice plan in accordance with a sustainable production standard relevant to a land-based production system.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the main activities or stages relevant to a land-based production system.
  2. Identify the desired outcome for the land-based production system from the implementation of identified sustainable practices.
  3. Establish an implementation plan, which takes into account the main activities or stages relevant to a land-based production system, for at least two of the following sustainable practices:
    a.     Nutrient budgeting
    b.     Planting (e.g. riparian, wetland, companion, green crop, land stabilsation)
    c.     Energy conservation
    d.     Water conservation
    e.     Water quality enhancement
    f.    Waste and/or effluent management

PIT204  Sustainable Practice Implementation (20 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a sustainable practice relevant to a sustainable production standard for a land-based production system.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify methodologies for implementing a sustainable practice relevant to a land-based production system.
  2. Undertake the implementation of a sustainable practice relevant to a land-based production system, in accordance with an implementation plan, which takes into account the main activities or stages relevant to a land-based production system.  

PIT205  Sustainable Practice Monitoring (10 credits)
This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to monitor, and report on, a sustainable practice relevant to a sustainable production standard for a land-based production system.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Explain why monitoring of sustainable practice is undertaken and the use(s) of monitoring data, particularly with regard to environmental or sustainable production standards.
  2. Identify monitoring technique(s) relevant to a sustainable practice employed within a land-based production system.
  3. Undertake the monitoring of a sustainable practice relevant to a land-based production system, in accordance with approved monitoring technique(s) and data reporting requirements.

This programme is available for free under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

International Fees:$8,100.00

At the successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the required skills and knowledge to work effectively in a sustainable primary production area as a farmer, grower or assistant worker in the sector.

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 subject 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 subject (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 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) 
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) 
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. 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 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied) 
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36 
Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill 
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass 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

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 70 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4) full-time over 6 months or part-time over 2 years.

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

 

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