About Telford

Telford logoTelford is now a faculty of the Southern Institute of Technology.

Telford is part of New Zealand farming history and has been preparing students for their futures in agriculture since 1964. The Balclutha campus extends over 921 hectares of farmland with halls of residence and facilities, technical workshops (machinery, carpentry and welding), classrooms and livestock units. You will gain real-life, practical training under the supervision of experienced tutors and farm managers.

You will also have regular work experience on external farms, in your area of study.

Telford Farms are run as a commercial entity. The farms provide a commercially realistic ‘classroom’ to develop your farming skills. Each week Telford Farm Managers have up to five students undertaking work experience.Telford Campus

Telford Farms consist of:

  • Sheep and Beef Unit: 330 hectares (eff)
  • Deer Unit: 155 hectares (eff)
  • Dairy Unit: 172 hectares (eff)
  • Farm dogs: over 30 student dog kennels are on-site.
  • Forestry Unit: 65 hectares

As well as on campus programmes, Telford offers a number of programmes by distance learning, as well as STAR programmes for schools, and Taster Days.



Subjects & Qualifications Offered at Telford Campus

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry


Art, Design & Photography


Project Management


Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Accommodation Telford

Telford Accommodation

The Telford Halls of Residence are made up of several different accommodation blocks with the option of single rooms with ensuites or single rooms with communal showers and bathrooms.

Accommodation is available for students to stay for 7 days or 5 days.

Prices for accommodation vary depending on chosen room option, weekly stay and total length of stay.

Please visit the Telford Accommodation page for more information.



Telford FeesPrices vary from course to course please visit the Telford Fees page for prices.

Please note that course prices do not include accommodation charges. Your full basic costs (course fee and Telford Halls of Residence fee) may be calculated by combining your chosen accommodation figures with the tuition fees for on-campus courses, together with other fees (as applicable).



Student Stories

Telford Student Stories Read through our student's stories and see what a difference studying at Telford has made for them.

Student Stories



Stationery & Equipment

Stationery & Equipment

Each Telford course has different general requirements for clothing attire, textbooks and stationery. 

Please check your course for your specific requirements.


Stationery and Equipment



Hire Facilities

Conference Facilities

The Telford campus has conference facilities for hire, so if you're thinking about hosting an event contact us to discuss the options we have available.

Hire Facilities








  • There is strong demand within the rural industry for Telford graduates.
  • A large proportion of students may have numerous job offers while they are still only halfway through their full-time programme.
  • Our training programmes start at Level 2 and go through to Diploma Level 5.
  • Some of our graduates choose to continue their studies at Massey University, or through SIT.


Please download and fill out the Telford Application form to enrol.

Telford Enrolment Application


The Telford Campus began as the Telford Farm Training Institute in 1964, resulting from successful negotiations by a group of South Otago residents who were keen to see an agricultural training facility established in the area. The land was made available from the family of William Telford and it is administered by the Telford Farm Board of Management (the Board) according to the terms of the Telford Act of Parliament 1964.

Telford operated as the Telford Farm Training Institute without any government assistance from 1964 to 1974. In 1974 a partnership was made between Telford Farm Training Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, (MAF), whereby the Board was responsible for the farms and the MAF was responsible for the education. In 1989, the Ministry of Education replaced MAF as partner, and in February 1991, Telford became a polytechnic with a council elected to operate the campus and educational facilities, alongside the Board.

Made up of representatives of a wide range of farming organisations, which assisted Telford to get established, the Board has a statutory responsibility for managing the farms. The purpose of the farms is to provide a commercially realistic "classroom" for students to learn practical farming skills.

In 2019, Telford became a faculty of the Southern Institute of Technology. 

Telford has large commercial scale dairy, sheep & beef and deer farms, with a total effective farming area of 670ha. The farms aim to perform in the top 25% for their land class.  




More programmes will be available as we finalise accreditation with NZQA. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.


Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) - on campus - 18th February
Late enrolment may be available- contact us

Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technicians (Level 5) - on campus - 18th February
Late enrolment may be available - contact us

Telford Certificate in Equine Level 3 - 4th March
Enrolment now open - contact us

Telford Certificate in Equine Level 4 - 5th August
Enrolment now open - contact us

Massey Diploma in Agriculture - 4th March

Massey Diploma Exam Weeks

  • Semester 1: 3rd – 7th June 2019
  • Semester 2: 21st – 25th October 2019
  • Summer School: 3rd – 7th February 2020

Summer School - 5th to15th November

Note: Summer school for learners who have completed the Foundation Certificate and carried on will be 2 weeks of block learning on campus from 5-15 November 2019, students will leave and complete and submit assessments, then return for exams from 3-7 February 2020.

Taster Camp dates 2019

  • 9th – 13th July
  • 2nd – 6th October
  • 3rd – 7th December


New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture - Dairy Farming (Level 4) - TBC


Note more distance learning programmes will be announced soon. Distance learning is delivered by SIT2LRN faculty.

New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management (Level 5)
Intake 2: 25 Mar - 19 Jul. Applications close 04 March
Intake 3: 10 Jun - 04 Oct. Applications close 20 May
Intake 4: 05 Aug - 29 Nov. Applications close 15 July

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

Intake 2: 11 Mar - 31 May. Applications close 18 February
Intake 3: 06 May - 26 Jul. Applications close 15 April
Intake 4: 17 Jun - 06 Sep. Applications close 27 May
Intake 5: 12 Aug - 01 Nov. Applications close 22 July
Intake 6: 23 Sep to 13 Dec - Applications Close 02 September

New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4)
Intake 2: 01 Apr - 02 Aug. Applications close 11 March
Intake 3: 17 Jun - 18 Oct. Applications close 27 May
Intake 4: 12 Aug - 13 Dec. Applications close 22 July

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

Intake 2: 25 Mar - 19 Jul. Applications close 04 March
Intake 3: 10 Jun - 04 Oct. Applications close 20 May
Intake 4: 05 Aug - 29 Nov. Applications close 15 July

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 4) (Crop Production or Livestock Production)

Intake 2: 25 Mar - 19 Jul. Applications close 04 March
Intake 3: 10 Jun - 04 Oct. Applications close 20 May
Intake 4: 05 Aug - 29 Nov. Applications close 15 July

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Landscape Construction strand
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Landscape Design strand)


What programmes will Telford offer in 2019?

Programmes that will be offered in 2019 are not yet finalised, however it is likely that all previously advertised programmes will be available. We do realise that not all programmes are featured on the webpage, but we are working with NZQA to finalise programmes that will be available for 2019. More information will be available shortly and if you have any queries please email:

Is Telford part of the SIT Zero Fees Scheme?

Telford programmes are not eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme. Course fees are listed with programme descriptions. Please view programmes here:Telford Programmes

How can I get my Telford Study Records?

Please contact : 

Taratahi and NZQA

I have questions about Industry training or NZ Apprenticeship

Please contact Primary ITO 0800 20 80 20 or

What Campuses will be open?

The Telford Campus in Balclutha will be running on site programmes and Distance Learning programmes will run as well. 

More information will be added later as it becomes available.

Will scholarships still be available for Telford?

We are not sure at this time and we will advise as soon as we do. Please subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

How much will the courses cost?

Programme fees will remain the same as previously advertised by Taratahi. Please refer to each programme description for fees. Click here for Telford Programmes

How do I get my fees refunded from Telford?

Any fees you have already paid will be secured with the Public Trust. Please contact who will be able to help you through the process of getting a fee refund.

I have paid fees to Taratahi / Telford – what happens to that now?

Taratahi is required to refund the fees for any parts of your course that you haven’t yet completed. You won’t receive a refund for the parts of your course that you have already finished.

If you paid fees using a student loan, any refunded fees for the ‘non-taught’ parts will be paid back to StudyLink to reduce the amount of your loan. This will be listed on your loan statement. If you paid the fees without a student loan, the fees for the non-taught parts will be refunded to you.

Is there still accommodation options for Telford students?

Yes, residential accommodation on campus is available. For enquires about accommodation at the Telford Halls of Residence please email:

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Contact Telford

Tel +64 3 419 0300
Freephone in NZ:  0800 835 367
498 Owaka Highway
Balclutha 9271
New Zealand