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Formal education

There are many organisations providing primary industry-related education for all academic levels and requirements in New Zealand. Whatever your skills and interests, there's something to suit. Here are some leading providers of primary industries training and qualifications.



Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university. As a publicly owned and operated  university that exists and operates under New Zealand statute, we are 100% committed to transforming land, people and economies. Arguably no other New Zealand university has had such a direct link with the New Zealand economy, and with the people responsible for fuelling the economy for much of that time, than us. Check out our website -


Primary ITO helps Kiwis gain the skills and knowledge to grow better business and better careers across our land, food and water industries.

The ITO is New Zealand's largest industry training organisation offering nationally recognised, NZQA qualifications across the agricultural sector.  Trainees learn while they're working and earning a regular wage.  A big part of our role is the support and mentorship our training advisers give trainees and their employers.

Our qualifications range from entry level courses for those just starting out, to qualifications suitable for people already managing, sharemilking or owning a farm. We also offer short courses focusing on Milk Quality, Mastitis Management and Dairy Farm Effluent Management.

Website: Primary ITO

For a full range of qualifications available in the agricultural sector, please click here for all the details.

To enrol or for more information about training that’s right for you, contact your local Primary ITO adviser on 0800 20 80 20.


Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been successfully preparing students for careers in agriculture for more than 93 years. Using the skills and knowledge gained at Taratahi, graduates have the opportunity to move into a rich and rewarding career in one of the world’s leading agricultural industries. Programmes at Taratahi allow students to choose from a range of farming operations, levels and campuses. Among Taratahi’s resources are a wide range of commercial farms, allowing students to gain real life experience under the direction of a respected team of staff . These carefully selected tutors are not only passionate about teaching, they are also dedicated to farming and agriculture.
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Telford is based on an 921ha commercial farm, just 6kms from Balclutha. Telford’s onsite, full-time certificate programmes in Agriculture, Dairy, Equine, and Forestry.

Diploma programmes  include Rural Veterinary Technician and the Diploma in Agriculture, delivered full-time on-campus at Telford. Apiculture (beekeeping) is offered as a full-time programme at Kaitaia. Telford has a blended learning style of theory and applied hands-on training, giving students qualifications through real world experiences. On-campus student accommodation is available. Scholarships, student loans, allowances and grants apply.




Massey University is a global leader in agrifood and recognised for its commitment to research-led teaching and learning. 

Our graduates, with degrees ranging from veterinary science, agribusiness, engineering and food technology, are taking the next steps in building New Zealand's economy. They provide the latest knowledge and expertise from smart production systems to food product development and from market research to developing international trade. Join them in providing our nation with the latest knowledge and expertise. Call 0800 MASSEY or find us at:


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