Vocational Pathways Primary Industries - Agriculture - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 2

July to January


24 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 80

The programme is designed to provide learners with relevant skills and work ready attributes to prepare them to enter a range of industries in entry-level positions, or progress to further study, and to provide new ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.
Areas studied include:
  • Health and Safety both on the farm and personal
  • Health and Nutrition (Personal)
  • Literacy and Numeracy for farming 
  • Two wheelers and quads
  • Animal handling and welfare
  • Livestock feed requirements 

Pre or Co Requisite - Numeracy/Literacy Unit Standards or alternative Unit Standards to meet literacy and numeracy requirements.

26622 Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience

26623 Use number to solve problems

26624 Read texts with understanding

26625 Actively participate in spoken interactions

26626 Interpret statistical information for a purpose

26627 Use measurement to solve problems

At least 60 credits selected from the unit standards below
(Note: 20 credits must be from sector related unit standards and the remainder from recommended unit standards. Refer Vocational Pathways website)

31 Connect up, and perform repairs and maintenance on an on-farm water supply system

561 Install, dismantle, and store temporary electric fences

19053 Ride a motorcycle on flat terrain

19112 Check and report on livestock

19114 Assist with handling and treatment of livestock

19116 Demonstrate knowledge of livestock behaviour and animal welfare

19143 Perform calculations for primary production situations

19145 Describe hydration, nutrition, and sleep in relation to physical well-being of agriculture workers

23540 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards, hazard control, and the consequences of injury in a rural workplace

23541 Locate hazards, describe safety procedures, and demonstrate safe work practices in a rural workplace

24554 Ride a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace

24555 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a motorcycle

24557 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike

24629 Feed livestock with supplementary feed as directed

24832 Open and draw out a coil of wire, tie knots, join wire, and prepare wire for transport and storage

24833 Identify and maintain fencing tools and equipment, and identify fencing construction materials and wire types

24834 Replace a broken post, and repair a broken wire in fences

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • This course is FREE, there are no direct material costs 

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge to be employed under supervision in a range of entry level positions within the various industries. Further study may include progression to Level 3 New Zealand Certificates.

Within the vocational pathway programme, learners will gain knowledge and understanding upon which to base their career development decisions, whether this is gaining employment experience, tertiary study at higher levels, trade qualifications, or any combination of these.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years at the time of commencing study or 15 years with a school leaving certificate.
  • Be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken).
  • Not hold NCEA Level 2 or similar qualifications.

Enrolment may be subject to an interview process

To satisfactorily complete the Vocational Pathway programmes and receive the relevant Vocational Pathway NCEA level 2 and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: -

  • A minimum of 80 credits in accordance with the relevant Programme Schedule for the Vocational Pathway programmes.
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the Vocational Pathway programmes full-time over 25 weeks.

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