"Studying an agricultural degree has provided me with a strong foundation of knowledge that I'm now using every day in my role."
- Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Science major.
Study + Training
You could study for a diploma or degree at university, an institute of technology or a polytechnic. You could also train on the job through an industry training provider, or sign up for an apprenticeship or a leadership programme.
Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist agriculturally-based university. The University’s qualifications range from certificate level through to PhD – and our teaching and research covers all activity associated with the agriculturally-based sectors to meet the needs of not only New Zealand but also the world. Helping students grow is what we are all about, with diverse learning that fits their ambitions in an environment that allows them to flourish. We partner them with industry to prepare them for the real world, so when the time comes, they are ready to go out there and grow the future for themselves and others.
Primary ITO facilitates on-job training for people working in over 30 sectors - including Horticulture & Viticulture, Dairy, Meat & Fibre, Seafood, Equine and Sports Turf. We encourage the educational and work-life aspirations of trainees and support the productivity and profitability of organisations employing them. In 2016 we worked with more than 28,000 trainees and more than 7,000 employers. We also work with industry to develop training and qualifications that align with best practice and to meet current and future skills needs.
Federated Farmers and Primary ITO have teamed up on the Federated Farmers Apprenticeship Dairy - a new apprenticeship to rapidly grow people capability in the industry.
As an apprentice you’re earning and learning on the job. You’ll be in full-time employment on a dairy farm that’s geared up to teach you all the skills you’ll need - from stock management and milk quality to the use of game-changing technology.
Telford is a specialised live-in agricultural training centre in Balclutha, South Otago, that delivers agricultural qualifications from level 2 to diploma. Telford offers real-life, practical training under the supervision of experienced tutors and farm managers, as well as regular work experience on external farms in your area of study.
Massey University offers specialist agricultural courses in the North Island. These include degrees and diplomas in agribusiness and science adn the related fields of environment and resource management and veterinarian training.
Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm is a is a full production sheep and beef station that also provides training for farm cadets. Trainees complete a National Certificate in Rural Servicing Level 4, as well as learning stock management and shepherding.
The Tairawhiti Farm Cadet Scheme is a two year farm cadet programme that focuses on upskilling young people for the Gisborne-Hawkes Bay farming industry. While the programme focuses on Māori to manage their own enterprises, it is not to the exclusion of others who want join.