New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

Study the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) and learn about the factors influencing organic production, environments and its productivity.

This programme is delivered by the Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust (BHU). The programme focuses on practical crop production, and incorporates mātauranga Māori in the course delivery. 

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Key Details
Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU)
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
50
Duration:

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

 

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2025 Semester 1: 17 February to 20 June

2025 Semester 2: 04 August to 28 November

Fees:


SIT Zero Fees Scheme**

Studying in southern regions (Southland, Queenstown or Clutha) or continuing study from 2023

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

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

 

Full Fees

New in 2024 and studying outside of the southern regions (Southland, Queenstown or Clutha)

Full fees are between $556 and $834 depending on the credit value.

 

International Fees:

$12500

 

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      Learn about the factors influencing organic production, the biotic interactions which occur in organic production ecosystems, soil and ground preparation for organic production, and how to control for weeds, animal pest, and disease in an organic production activity.

      The aims of the qualification are as follows:

      • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the organic primary production sector
      • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in organic primary production
      • To provide a programme of study that will enhance your knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working, or intending to work in the sector

      This programme is delivered onsite by the Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust (BHU). More information about the BHU can be found at www.bhu.org.

      All papers are compulsory

       ENVI3201 

      Organic Production

       

      Credits: 10

      Aim The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to apply organic principles, certification and organic compliance requirements.
      LO1 Describe the principles of organic production.
      LO2 Describe organic certification available in Aotearoa, New Zealand
      LO3 Apply inputs for a crop in an integrated organic production system.

       ENVI3202 

      Organic System Health

       

      Credits: 15

      Aim The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to carry out system health activities.
      LO1 Describe management techniques for common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds found in an organic production system.
      LO2 Apply integrated pest management techniques to an organic production system.

       ENVI3203 

      Soils and Composting

       

      Credits: 15

      Aim The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to understand basic soil properties and apply processes for soil health in an organic system.
      LO1 Describe soil properties and processes relevant to organic production.
      LO2 Describe soil management techniques in organic production.
      LO3 Apply soil amendments to support soil health in organic production.

       ENVI3204 

      Biodiversity in Organic Production

       

      Credits: 10

      Aim The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to understand and carry out biodiversity improvement practices. 
      LO1 Describe the methods and benefits of improving biodiversity in an organic production system.
      LO2 Support and enhance biodiversity in an organic production site.

      Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed, or self-employed as an:

      • Organic orchard/vineyard supervisor or leading hand 
      • Organic crop supervisor or team leader or technician 
      • Organic crop monitor 
      • Organic nursery specialist
      • Organic farm production supervisor or assistant supervisor
      • Organic pastoral or arable supervisor
      • Mahinga Kai supervisor

       

      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 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

      * 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

      This programme of study is supported by the Biological Husbandry Unit Organic Farm located in Lincoln. Information about the Biological Husbandry Unit can be found at: https://www.theorganiccollege.org.nz/ or by calling their office at 03 325 3684

      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 us with.  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 Questionssection
      • 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 and 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 in 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 and a non-refundable administration fee. 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 in (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, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
      • 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 record 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 Organic Primary Production (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

      • A minimum of 50 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3).
      • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) 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..

      Important: To successfully complete this paper, students need to achieve an overall mark of at least 50%, achieving no less than 35% for each individual assessment. All assessments must be attempted.

      Tutorial times: Monday-Wednesday 9am-3pm

      Assessments are varied, and include practical activities, short paragraph questions, reports, multichoice tests, etc.

      Important: To successfully complete this paper, students need to achieve an overall mark of at least 50%, achieving no less than 35% for each individual assessment. All assessments must be attempted.

      For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

       

      Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

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