Diploma in Primary Business Management

Become a business manager

Practical, relevant and applied learning providing you with the core skills to manage business in the primary industries. From financial management, business planning, staffing and sustainability, this prepares you to run successful enterprises in an agribusiness operation.

Add in comprehensive financial and people management and your qualification places you ahead of the competition here in New Zealand and abroad.

Graduates leave the course with competencies in the following modules:

  • Business planning
  • Managing business risk
  • Marketing and market forces
  • Investment and finance
  • Human resources management
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Performance Management
  • Infrastructure and machinery management

This diploma is suitable for trainees who have a well-rounded set of skills and experience in a real-world setting. It builds on what you know and prepares you for a career in business management.

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Diploma Duration: On average a diploma will take you one to three years. 

Fees: Register your interest and depending on your previous rural experience, your training goals and career aspirations, we will provide a customised fees plan.

Next intake: Register and we’ll send you the schedule

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What’s in this diploma? 


People management

Developing a full range of people management skills including system creation, implementation and outcome management. 

Finance and investment

Investment and finance will prepare you to manage cashflows, seasonal variations and forecasting while developing skills in developing business plans. 

Protect the environment

Environmental management includes knowledge of legislation and industry best practice extending to management plans to enhance sustainability and an understanding of biosecurity management.

Compliance, markets and risk

Understand the risks present in business and how to mitigate them with an emphasis on compliance and other legal and contractual obligations.   While understanding market trends, systems and analysis to promote and apply forward projections to the business.

Infrastructure and machinery management

Understand the cost and value of equipment and improvements to business while evaluating new purchases.

Business planning

Understand business plans, covering all aspects of the business which will be usable as a roadmap to success. 

Performance Management

Understand how to maximise production performance, make the most of physical resources and manage tender processes and contracts of external contractors who provide services to your business.

Why study with us?

This is real training with real outcomes developing whole business management skills.  We’ve taken tradition, added in technology and developed a diploma which delivers the highest level of industry qualified professionals.


Learn from the best

We’ve got an awesome team to guide you through your diploma. Better still, throughout your training, we bring in some of the most highly regarded people in the industry to share knowledge and experience with you.

Trainer and student