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NZ Cert in primary industry operational skills Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

with Optional Strand in Specialist Equipment or Infrastructure

Duration 14 weeks
Price Funded
Unit Standards See unit standards below

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Purpose

This programme is to provide primary industry workplaces with individuals who can safely and effectively carry out operational activities that involve vehicles, specialist equipment, and infrastructure.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 16 years or over
  • Physically fit
  • Working in a relevant primary sector environment (if not VHNZ will arrange suitable work experience and access to required vehicles and equipment), and
  • Have access to required equipment to complete selected unit standards
  • Have the relevant driver licence and/or endorsement where needed.

Applicants and employers may be required to attend an interview to establish that the above criteria have been met.

Programme Overview

On completion of the programme, graduates can:

  • Complete a risk assessment and develop a recording system for primary industry machinery use
  • In a primary industry operation demonstrate and apply knowledge of sustainable environmental practices
  • Manage personal wellbeing during primary industry operational activities
  • Use mechanised equipment.

and either:

  • Operate specialist equipment,
    or
  • Establish infrastructure

Pre-Requisites

There may be specific requirements fro some unit standards as follows:

Set Entry Requirements
Set 2 - Tractors Must hold a full or restricted class 1 light motor vehicle driver licence (if vehicle is to be
driven on a road).
Set 5 - 4WD Must hold a full or restricted class 1 light motor vehicle driver licence
Sets 7 & 10
Unit Standard 29845
Must complete Set Two "tractors" for entry into either set.
Set 9, 10, 13 & 14 Class full or restricted of driver licence and any driver licence endorsement appropriate for the vehicle being driven, if vehicle is to be driven on a road e.g. class 2 truck.

These requirements will be discussed during the enrolment process.

Work Based Learning

Learners will be required to complete up to 452 relevant work experience hours recorded in a logbook and validated by the employer or supervisor. Applicants, employers, and VHNZ will agree on the learning content to be delivered and sign a training agreement specifying:

  • Employer obligations
  • Trainee obligations
  • VHNZ obligations

This will be discussed with each party prior to enrolment

Course Investment

The programme investment will vary depending on specific course requirements such as customisation of training location and number of trainees.

Funding/subsidies may be available for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents or Australian citizens and permanent residents living in New Zealand.

Education and Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as a general hand, junior shepherd, farm assistant, harvester, assistant beekeeper, stable assistant, nursery worker, viticulture worker, or in similar roles in primary industry workplaces. This qualification may lead to other primary industry qualifications at level 3 and 4.

Programme Structure

Learners are required to complete all compulsory unit standards listed in Module One (see table below).

Learners must also complete Module Two by selecting one or more sets of unit standards from set one to six and/or elective unit standards from set seven to obtain at least 23 credits.

Learners who complete a further 10 credits from Module Three or Four will have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) with strand in Specialist Equipment or Infrastructure depending on the module selected.

Learners who do not wish to complete the full programme will not require Module Three or Four and may exit the course on completion of Modules One and Two (40 Credits) and may be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3).

Module Unit Standard Unit Description
MODULE 1

Workplace Environmental Risks and Personal Care 

(All Units Required)
31833
COMPULSORY
Complete a risk assessment and develop recording systems for primary
industry machinery use
28624
COMPULSORY
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sustainable environmental practices in
a primary industry operation
31832
COMPULSORY
Manage personal wellbeing when carrying out primary industry operational
activities
 17 Credits

MODULE 2
                   

Mechanised Equipment    


(23 Credits Required)
      

Set One - Quad Bike (All Units Required)
24554 Operate a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace under close supervision
24557 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike
24561 Operate a quad bike with trailed equipment under limited supervision
24563 Operate a quad bike with mounted equipment or load under limited
supervision
24559 Operate a quad bike on rolling terrain under limited supervision
 18 Credits
Set Two - Tractor (All Units Required)
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
27604 Operate a tractor with an attached implement on rolling terrain under limited
supervision
24539 Maintain and use a power take off (PTO) driven implement attached to a
tractor under limited supervision
31914 Attach and detach a power take off driven 3-point linkage mounted
implement to a basic tractor under close supervision
 20 Credits
Set Three - Motorcycles (All Units Required)
19053 Operate a motorcycle on flat terrain in the workplace under close
supervision
24555 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a motorcycle
19054 Operate a motorcycle on rolling terrain under limited supervision
19055 Operate a motorcycle with mounted equipment or a load under limited
supervision
 12 Credits
Set Four - LUV (All Units Required)
24556 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a light utility vehicle (LUV)
24553 Operate a light utility vehicle (LUV) on flat terrain in the workplace under
close supervision
24558 Operate a light utility vehicle (LUV) on rolling terrain under limited
supervision
24560 Operate a light utility vehicle (LUV) with trailed equipment under limited
supervision
24562 Operate a light utility vehicle (LUV) with mounted equipment or a load under
limited supervision
 17 Credit
Set Five - 4WD (All Units Required)
Class 1 drivers licence required)
17978 Operate a light 4WD vehicle in an off-road environment
17976 Demonstrate knowledge of operating a light 4WD vehicle in an off-road
environment
 8 Credits
Set Six - Agrichemicals (All Units Required)
21560 Explain agrichemical use for primary sector applications
29827 Demonstrate understanding of agrichemicals, and safety when using
agrichemicals
27215 Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using handheld equipment
27216 Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using motorised equipment
 20 Credits
Set Seven - Other Selections (Complete Single Unit Standards to reach 23 Credits)
20533 Select and prepare specialist mower types, mow turf areas, and complete
post- mowing requirements (10 Credits)
19046 Service, repair and maintain primary industry machinery (6 Credits)
19048 Apply fertiliser using mounted or trailed equipment (6 Credits)
21218 Operate and maintain powered orchard machinery (5 Credits)
24846 Prepare to operate, and operate a handheld post hole borer (6 Credits)
29297 Operate and maintain a chainsaw in a land-based context (8 Credits)
29845 Support mechanical crop harvesting (requires completion of Set 2 tractors)
(6 Credits)

MODULE 3        

 

Specialist Equipment


(10 Credits Required)

Set Eight - Forklifts (All Units Required)
10851 Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift)
10852 Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift) fitted with attachments
 10 Credit
Set Nine - Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift)
(Requires completion of Set 2 tractors)
19061 Cultivate with individual tractor-drawn implements
19062 Cultivate with a combination of tractor-drawn implements
19063 Demonstrate knowledge of methods to maximise tractor efficiency during
cultivation
 13 Credits
Set Ten -Vineyard
(Requires completion of Set 2 tractors)
19936 Setup, operate, shut down and maintain vineyard equipment
 20 Credits
Set Eleven -Crop Pests
23620 Prepare to apply, and apply, agrichemicals to control pests in crops or
pasture
 20 Credits
Set Twelve -Hydraulic Ladder
31927 Prepare and operate a hydraulic ladder for fruit harvesting
 10 Credits
Set Thirteen -Root Crop
(Drivers licence endorsement required for relevant vehicle if driving on a road e.g., Class 2 truck)
6278 Operate a root crop harvester
 20 Credits
Set Fourteen -Precision Planter
(Drivers licence endorsement required for relevant vehicle if driving on a road e.g., Class 2 truck)
6276 Operate a precision planter for agricultural contracting
 15 Credit

MODULE 4

 

Infrastructure



(10 Credits Required)

37 Install fencing wire (6 Credits)
573 Construct, energise, and test a permanent electric fence (10 Credits)
24821 Locate the position of, and install, primary and intermediate posts for
fencing (6 Credits)
24828 Hang a pre-built gate (3 Credits)
24837 Describe non-electric fence types and components (3 Credits)
24826 Install and nail a rail panel (3 Credits)
22189 Describe irrigation filters, and repair and maintain an irrigation system used
in horticulture (5 Credits)
19931 Install and maintain grapevine trellis (5 Credits)
28896 Maintain infrastructure in a primary industry workplace (5 Credits)
30249 Check, and carry out routine care and maintenance of, amenity hard assets
(3 Credits)

Attendance Numbers

Minimum: 6

Maximum: 8

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