Diploma in Agriculture – Arable

Growing and harvesting the crops to feed our world

This diploma will give you a solid, practical and highly relevant foundation to build an agri-business career and the opportunity to specialise in crop production.

You will be exposed to all factors driving New Zealand’s arable industry. From cultivation through to harvest, environmental sustainability and profitability along with livestock production.

This Diploma is suitable for school leavers or young people with experience on the land. It introduces you to everything you need to know to pursue a career in crops and food production. The land we have is precious and you will gain the insights and knowledge to become a custodian of it for generations to come.

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Diploma Duration: On average a diploma will take you 18 to 24 months

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? 

Health & Safety

Crop Production

Soil preparation, nutrient requirements, planning for planting, water management, pests and diseases, harvest management and crop storage.

Health & Safety

Knowledge of relevant legislation and industry best practice, skills and training on all aspects to ensure the safety of self and others, knowledge of procedures and processes to ensure compliance. Understanding the.

Environmental Sustainability

Understanding the Resource Management Act including provisions for the reduction of farming’s impact on soil, water and riparian protection.

This unit of study also includes a focus on sustainable irrigation, agrichemical and nutrient usage plus keeping relevant records/documentation.

Planning & Recording

Understanding markets, farm management planning, bench marking, production systems, keeping accurate records, and analysis.


A comprehensive programme covering all common vehicles and plant, their operation and maintenance. Recognition of occupational health and safety appropriate equipment.

Why study with us?

This is real training with real outcomes – it’s not classroom based learning. It’s hands on training giving you practical skills. It’s been designed by Kiwi farmers for Kiwi farmers to ensure graduates receive a trade qualification in agriculture which is totally relevant.

We’ve taken tradition, added in technology and developed an internationally recognised diploma which delivers the highest level of industry qualified professionals.

We’re growing tomorrow’s farmers today!

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