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New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


The NZ Diploma in Primary Industry Business and Management (Level 5) will help you develop skills and knowledge needed to manage a wide range of primary industry operations in farming, horticulture, dairy, fishing, apiculture and others. This qualification is suitable for people who are already in a management or supervisory role in a primary industry business, or those who have some industry or other relevant experience and are ready to advance into a management role within a primary industry business.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Develop, implement and review a business plan for primary industry business operations to meet performance requirements Plan, implement and review financial requirements using current and emerging technology to inform primary industry business decision making Plan, implement and review staff employment and work allocation, and apply interpersonal and leadership skills to monitor staff performance, health, safety, and well-being requirements in a primary industry business Plan, implement and review the environmental sustainability requirements of a primary industry business Determine current business position, and develop a strategic plan for the future direction of a primary industry business.

Career Opportunities: Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in an autonomous management capacity and are likely to have control over the management of a primary industry business or a unit within a primary industry business. Education pathway This qualification may build on the skills and knowledge from a range of qualifications across the primary industry sector. Graduates of this qualification may progress to relevant qualifications at Level 6 or may progress to SIT's Bachelor of Applied Management (Agribusiness Management major).

Entry criteria

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in primary industry business management and have academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.

Examples may include completion of a programme of study at Level 4 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in a related field for 2 or more years.

Learners entering this programme should be in a position to access financial and production performance information about a specific business, and to manage production factors of a specific business.

All enrolments in the New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management programme are at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty as required.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
  • Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

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