New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3)


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

To enrol in this programme you need to have:

  •  NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

20 years or over

If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled if your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

Access to a garden

To study this programme you need to have access to a workplace, private garden site or lifestyle block where organic production is occurring. Or you must have access to  a garden, orchard, or other horticultural/agricultural area where you can organically grow and maintain a crop (up to 50 plants).

A digital camera device is required  for enrolment to enable learners to record and upload photographic evidence of their activities and provide evidence of successful completion of tasks for assessments.

English language requirements

Domestic learners for whom English or Māori is not their first language must have an IELTS (Academic or General) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent.

Maximum Programme Completion Time

To be awarded the qualification it must be completed in no more than 2 years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

International learners and domestic learners living abroad

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand, but you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

You cannot study this programme if you're an international learner living overseas.

You cannot study this programme if you're a New Zealand citizen living overseas.

Computer and internet requirements

This programme is delivered online. To complete this programme you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.