New Zealand Certificate in Primary Products Food Processing with strands in Laboratory Skills, Environmental Systems, and Product Quality Implementation

Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Products Food Processing with strands in Laboratory Skills, Environmental Systems, and Product Quality Implementation
NZQF Level 3

About the course

The programme aims to give students the basic knowledge and skills they need to enrol in Year 1 of the two-year New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing (Level 6), which is also delivered at Wintec.

This programme is designed for current employees of the New Zealand dairy manufacturing industry. Students will develop skills and knowledge to work in a product quality role in a primary products food processing operation.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have: A minimum of three years secondary education; and 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics and Science; or Equivalent qualification; and Have worked for one dairy season in a New Zealand dairy company, or an equivalent environment.

Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.0 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

Candidates aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational achievements and/or work life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry, at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

About the provider

Based in Hamilton, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology. We deliver high-quality education across vocational (technical) and professional fields of study to approximately 13,000 students, across over 130 different courses.

At Wintec students are educated in a way that builds their confidence and gets them work-ready. We differ from other types of tertiary providers in the way students get the chance to put their theoretical learning into practice from the very start. You will get to work on real-life projects based on relevant topics and themes as if you were in the workplace. You will also get involved in work placements. This means that by the time you graduate, you will be confident in your skills and knowledge, and know-how to apply your learnings. Our academic staff have years of industry experience between them, which means they can guide you on your journey.

Wintec maintains collaborative relationships with local industry and iwi to identify the needs of the region and community. Fostering strong networks that our students and graduates benefit from is a high priority for us.  Understanding the needs of local industry, what type of graduates they need now, and what they will need in the future is critical to assisting industry and our graduates.