Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operation Skills
NZQF Level 3

About the course

When you complete this Level 3 programme, you will have the skills to safely operate vehicles in a Primary Industry context. This could include tractors, quad bikes, motorcycles, light utility vehicles and Class 2 vehicles. You will also work with different types of machinery such as Hydraladas or chainsaws.

There is also an infrastructure strand that allows students to develop skills in fencing or irrigation in relation to either  horticulture or agriculture.

On successful completion of this qualification you can pursue employment as a; machine/vehicle operator or general hand in a primary industry context most likely in the horticulture or agriculture sector.

The NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills [Level 3] aims to provide you with the ability to safely and effectively carry out a range of
operational activities which involve vehicles, machinery, and infrastructure.

Primary industry workplaces will benefit by having staff with the skills to safely and effectively complete operational activities relevant to vehicles, machinery and infrastructure.

As a graduate you will benefit by having a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the industry and enables
improved job performance.

This qualification is for those from a wide range of primary industry workplaces who want to develop a range of competencies that contribute to
the safe and effective operation of a primary industry workplace.

Management of Workplace Risks and Personal Wellbeing – 15 credits
Mechanised Equipment – Vehicles – 15 credits
Mechanised Equipment – Machinery – 10 credits

Optional Strands

Specialist Equipment

  • One 10 credit course: Operate specialist equipment for primary industry operational activities.


  • One 10 credit course: Carry out activities related to the maintenance of workplace infrastructure.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision.

On successful completion of this qualification you can pursue employment as:

  • A general hand, junior shepherd, farm assistant, seasonal worker, pack house worker, orchard harvester, machinery operator, heavy transport
    operator or in other similar roles in rural based workplaces.

On successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills[Level 3] you may choose to continue with your studies by
enrolling in the following:

  • NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) [Level 3], NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) [Level 3], NZ Certificate in Land Based
    Sustainable Practices [Level 3], NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) [Level 3] or NZ Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle
    Operator) [Level 3].

Entry requirements

  • NCEA Level 1 OR
  • A qualification at Level 1 or above, with evidence of Literacy and Numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1) OR
  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including Literacy and Numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA Level 1.

In the latter two situations you may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence.

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland.

Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa.

EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street!

When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.


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