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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with strands in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, Breeding Livestock Farming, and Non-Breeding Livestock Farming
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 100 - 125
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the pastoral farming sector with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of a pastoral or arable farming production system. The qualification includes strands that enable people to specialise in a particular area within the farming industry.

This qualification is targeted at people who are experienced workers in the agriculture industry and are looking to move into, or are at, a management level position in an agricultural production enterprise.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Coordinate agribusiness activities using appropriate technology and a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Benchmark a farm's physical performance against data from industry high performers to identify strategies for improving farm physical and financial performance.
- Produce routine management reports to inform decision making for a farm production system.
- Take responsibility for routine maintenance of vehicles, plant, machinery, and equipment.
- Implement and monitor a farm environmental plan.

Graduates of the Arable Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor a crop protection plan.
- Implement and monitor a crop growth plan.
- Implement and monitor a crop harvest plan.
- Implement and monitor sustainable crop management techniques.

Graduates of the Dairy Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor milk harvesting and milk quality plans.
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock health plan.
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock breeding plan.
- Implement and monitor a dairy livestock feeding plan.

Graduates of the Breeding Livestock Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor a breeding livestock health plan.
- Implement and monitor a livestock breeding plan.
- Implement and monitor a breeding livestock feeding plan.
- Implement and monitor breeding livestock production plan.

Graduates of the Non-Breeding Livestock Farming strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock health plan.
- Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock feeding plan.
- Implement and monitor a non-breeding livestock production plan.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) with strands in Dairy Farming, and Meat and/or Fibre Farming [Ref: 3869] and may lead to higher level New Zealand qualifications in the agriculture sector.
Entry Requirements
The following legislation and guidelines, and subsequent amendments apply:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Animal Welfare Act 1999
- Resource Management Act 1991
- Animal welfare regulations
- Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - special guide

- Industry guidelines for environmental management:
- Good Farming Practice: Action Plan for Water Quality 2018
- Environment Strategy and Implementation Plan 2018-22 (Beef + Lamb New Zealand)
- The Deer Industry Environmental Management Code of Practice 2018.
Education Organisation 8 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Primary Industry Training Organisation
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2212
Status Current
Created 2013-11-28 15:56:24.0
Last Reviewed 2015-10-21 15:31:32.0
Next Review 2023-09-30 00:00:00.0

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