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New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Certificate

Duration

17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023

Campus

Southern Institute of Technology

Summary

Learn about the factors influencing organic production, the biotic interactions which occur in organic production ecosystems, soil and ground preparation for organic production, and how to control for weeds, animal pest, and disease in an organic production activity.

This programme is delivered in partnership with The Biological Husbandry Unit (based at Lincoln University).

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the organic primary production sector
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in organic primary production
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance your knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working, or intending to work in the sector

Course Content

Compulsory

  • COH100 Societal, environmental, and cultural factors influencing organic production philosophy (10 credits)
  • COH101 Biotic interactions within organic ecosystems (10 credits)
  • COH102 Management for successful organic primary production (10 credits)
  • COH103 Holistic Integration of Organic Principles for Primary Production (10 Credits) COH105 Establishment, care and protection of crops or pasture in organic production (5 credits)

Elective - select 10 credits from the following:

  • COH104 Soil and ground preparation for organic production (5 credits)
  • COH105 Establishment, care and protection of crops or pasture in organic production (5 credits)
  • COH106 Weed, animal pest, and disease control in organic primary production (5 credits)

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at entry levels within the horticulture sector. Graduates of this qualification may be employed, or self-employed as an:

  • Organic orchard worker
  • Organic vineyard worker
  • Organic greenhouse worker
  • Organic crop worker
  • Organic nursery worker
  • Organic farm assistant/worker
  • Organic pastoral farm worker
  • Organic arable farm worker
  • Mahinga Kai assistant/worker

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 50 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) full-time over 6 months or part-time over 2 years.

Entry criteria

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 as follows:

60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and
Literacy – minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes, unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required)
Numeracy – a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either achievement standards – specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants: Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band.

Online Applications Close Dates: Intake 1 - 12th January, Intake 2 - 09th March, Intake 3 - 30th May, Intake 4 - 25th July.

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