Resources for Rural Contracting Qualifications


National Certificate in Fencing Level 2 or 3

This qualification comprises Level 2 Introductory and a Level 3 Certificate in Fencing – both electric and non-electric.  Details can be found on the Primary ITO website.

Rural Contracting Level 3

New Zealand certificate in rural contracting (level 3) with strands in crop production, harvesting, and vegetation control. Details can be found on the Connexis website

Agrichemical Application Level 4

This qualification is suitable if you are working in the in the agrichemical application industry looking to be qualified as an agrichemical applicator. This programme includes strands in Aquatic, Broadacre, Tree and Vine Horticultural, Targeted Weed Control, or Total Vegetation Control, which recognise the specialist knowledge and practical skills relating to agrichemical application. Click here to view qualification outline.

Careers in Rural Areas

Rural Contractors NZ supports and promotes industry training

Rural contracting provides a great career for people who like working with machinery in rural areas.

RCNZ’s ITO is Connexis which offers a Level 3 certificate course in rural contracting.  This provides basic skills in crop production, harvesting and vegetation control.

Once you are qualified and have some skills, driving farm machinery can open up a world of travel.

Associated Training Providers

End of Course Employment

RCNZ welcomes and encourages people who want to work in rural contracting. You could talk to one of our members in your area

Ideally you will have the New Zealand Certificate in Rural Contracting (Level 3) with Strands in Crop Production, Harvesting and Vegetation Control. This is available through our Industry Training Organisation ITO – Connexis. This qualification will show you are able to work independently on a range of rural contracting activities, operate rural contracting machinery and work with limited to no supervision. RCNZ also supports introductory training courses to get you work-ready. Contact our CEO for details of a course near you.

Career Success

Government immigration proposals sound at first glance

The nation's rural contracting organisation has welcomed the Government's proposals to make it easier for regions to get workers. Rural Contractors New Zealand president David Kean says last month's announcement looks like a step if not a leap in the right direction....

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The world is your contracting oyster

When someone learns the skills to drive a big, expensive piece of farm machinery, a whole world of opportunity opens up. As but one example, my son is off to Western Australia again shortly, as our workload here in central Southland eases off with the arrival of...

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