Review of Agriculture qualification


National Certificate in Farming Skills (General Skills) [Ref: 1468]


The Agriculture Industry Training Organisation has completed the review of the qualification above.


Date new version published                                                             March 2010


The next qualification review is planned to take place during 2015.


Summary of review and consultation process


Feedback initiated the review of qualifications for trainees new to the agriculture sector.  There have been low enrolments and subsequent completions for new trainees in Level 2 agriculture qualifications.  The review identified that while the intended outcomes of the qualifications met industry needs, the detailed structure did not deliver on the requirements for those undertaking vocational study, which proved that the qualifications were not fit for purpose and in some cases needed additional resourcing.


An internal working group was formed in August 2009, to confirm the outcomes required for training at levels 2 and 3; to scope a qualification structure, and to work through assessment and course delivery options.  External consultation was carried out with employers, training providers and industry stakeholders to ensure the training packages were fit for purpose.


The recommendation of the working group was to review the National Certificate in Farming Skills (General Skills) [Ref: 1468], as the purpose of the qualification was the closest fit to the outcomes required for all trainees new to farming.


Further work on the remaining Agriculture qualifications at Level 2 and 3 will be carried out during 2010.


Main changes resulting from the review


The structure of the National Certificate in Farming Skills (General Skills) [Ref: 1468] has been updated into a small compulsory section and one large elective where previously there were three elective sections.  Additional standards have been included in the elective as a result of feedback from the working group and training providers.  The large elective enables flexibility in delivery and will continue to suit providers offering the replaced version of the qualification as well as those looking to offer the new version.


National Certificate in Farming Skills (General Skills) [Ref: 1468]

National Certificate in Agriculture (General Skills) [Ref: 1468]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report


Changes to structure and content

·      The title was changed from Farming Skills to Agriculture to better reflect the broad range of agriculture skills in the qualification

·      Standards 6400, 6401, 6402, 6917, 19145 and 23541 were moved from the compulsory section to the elective section

·      Electives 1, 2 and 3 were merged into a single elective section

·      Standards 561, 664, 6916, 17257, 17676, 17976, 17978, 19112, 19054, 19055, 21218, 21219, 21556, 23543, 24536, 24537, 24553, 24556, 24558, 24560, 24561, 24562, 24563, 24630, 24832, 24833, 24834 and 24835 were added to the elective section

·      Standard 19106 was removed and 19112 was added to the elective section

·      Total credits decreased from 49 to 40.




People currently working towards version 1 of this qualification may either complete the requirements of that version by 31 December 2012 or transfer to this version of the qualification.


Training programmes or courses for version 2 of this qualification may start as soon as the qualification is registered.


This qualification contains standards that replaced earlier standards.  For the purposes of this qualification, people who have gained credit for the expired or expiring standards are exempt from the requirement to gain credit for the replacement standards - see table below.


Credit for

Exempt from

11852, 18425, 14489, 14490, 14491

23540, 23541, 23542, 23543

19043, 19049



24553, 24554


24555, 24556, 24557


24558, 24559


It is not intended that anyone is disadvantaged by this review.  However, anyone who feels they have been disadvantaged may appeal to the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation at the address below.


Agriculture Industry Training Organisation

PO Box 10383

The Terrace

Wellington 6143


Telephone         04 801 9616

Facsimile           04 801 9626




Key to Qualification Review Categories


Category A

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to SSB name, contact details or purpose statement

No change is made to title, rules or components of the qualification

No transition arrangements are required

Category B

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to title, rules or components

The new version of the qualification recognises a similar skill set to that recognised by the previous version

The SSB is confident that people awarded the new or previous version are comparable in terms of competence

Transition arrangements are required if candidates must gain additional/different credits for the new version

Category C

A new (replacement) qualification is published with new NQF ID

Significant changes are made to the qualification in terms of components, structure, type or level

The SSB views people with the replacement qualification as being significantly different in terms of competence from those with the replaced qualification

Transition arrangements are required

Transition may be limited to phase-out dates

Category D

Qualification will expire.

There is no replacement qualification

Qualification is no longer required by industry

The qualification is designated as expiring and a last date for meeting the qualification requirements is set