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Develop a primary industry workforce who can safely and effectively complete operational activities


New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) with optional strands in Specialist Equipment and Infrastructure.

This programme aims to develop a primary industry workforce who can safely and effectively complete operational activities relevant to vehicles, machinery, and infrastructure.

Through Ama Training, this qualification is aimed at ākonga new to the primary industries sector, those who are wanting a career change, or are not yet engaged in education, employment or training. This qualification is also targeted at iwi, hapū and marae new to the primary industries sector.

Where Ama Training will distinguish itself is the integration of Māori and Pasifika pedagogies. Where possible, local tikanga will be used to provide the local Iwi and Hapū context in relation to local resources and the whenua.

Ākonga will develop a range of competencies that contribute to the safe and effective operation of a primary industry workplace.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision

Course Information

For more information on tailored infrastructure courses please contact Mike Murray or download our brochure below: or 021 846 462

To register your interest for any of our courses please complete our online form through the link below:


60 credits

Course Overview

Identify and Assist with the Management of Workplace Risk (12 Credits)

31833 Complete a risk assessment and develop recording systems for primary industry machinery use.

28624 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sustainable environmental practices in a primary industry operation

Plan & carry out operational activities using mechanised equipment with consideration of environmental impacts (23 credits)

19044 Demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use.

31913 Operate a basic tractor on flat terrain under close supervision

24538 Demonstrate knowledge of tractor stability and the dynamics of tractors and attached implements

27215 Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using hand held equipment

21563 Describe hazard classification systems, and the safe and responsible use of agrichemicals

Manage personal well-being when carrying out primary industry operational activities (3 credits)

18352 Explain four key dimensions of hauora

Optional Strand – Infrastructure Carry out activities related to the maintenance of workplace infrastructure (12 credits)

37 Install fencing wire

24821 Locate the position of, and install primary and intermediate posts for fencing

Entry Requirements

Eligible learners must be one of the following:

  • Be a NZ citizen.

  • Hold a full Category 1 driver’s license, and

  • If employed, must have the full support of the manager and company

Eligible learners must:

  • Have access to appropriate supervisors/

  • mentors at work for work experience and on job activities.

  • Have access to tools and equipment

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