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Certificate in Organics (Zero Fees)

This BHU - Southern Institute of Technology(SIT) partnership offeaors training at one of Australasia's oldest organic farms. 

The programme has a hands-on focus, covering organic principles and practices over one or two semesters.

What the training will cover

Programme:

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L3

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L4

Courses:

COH100 Societal, environmental and cultural factors influencing organic primary production (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)

COH104 Soil and ground preparation for organic production (5 credits)

COH106 Weed, animal pest and disease control in organic primary production (5 credits)

COH200 Factors influencing the development of organics in New Zealand (10 credits)

COH201 Biotic and abiotic interactions within organic ecosystems (10 credits)

COH202 Characteristics of successful organic primary production (10 credits)

COH203 Integrating organic principles in primary production (10 credits)

COH205 Soil and nutrient management (10 credits)

COH206 Composting (10 credits)

Skills/Topics:

Organic principles including IFOAM and related practices (Regenerative Farming, Biodynamics and Permaculture)

Organic development and drivers

Organic system design including the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Case studies of successful small-scale organic enterprises including their structure and management

Soil properties (physical, chemical, biological). Soil Food Web workshop

Ground preparation and crop production; theory and practical with a focus on small-scale production (eg French intensive double digging)

Weed and pest identification, collection and organic management

Propagation

Composting theory & practice (hot composting, Bokashi, worm composting, Biodynamic composting, large-scale municipal composting)

Soil and nutrient management including the Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) method

Characteristics of successful organic production with a focus on small-scale production, urban food production and organic social enterprises

Irrigation and water management

Post-harvest care and management

The nature of the organic market (domestic and export)

Organic certification and regulation in NZ

 

Qualification

Programme:

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L3

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L4

Duration:

17 weeks full time, 19 weeks inc holidays

17 weeks full time, 19 weeks inc holidays

Start date:

Mon 10th February 2020

Mon 20th July 2020

End date:

Fri 19th June 2020

Fri 27th November 2020

Credits:

50

60

 

Duration and Timetable

Programme:

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L3

NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production L4

Duration:

17 weeks full time, 19 weeks inc holidays

17 weeks full time, 19 weeks inc holidays

Start date:

Mon 10th February 2020

Mon 20th July 2020

End date:

Fri 19th June 2020

Fri 27th November 2020

Credits:

50

60

 

Entry requirements

School Leavers

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 through a range of subjects (minimum 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 the time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one's own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment.

Certificate at Level 3

  • 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: 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

 

 

Loans, Allowances and Fees

Both programmes are eligible for Studylink Student Loans and Allowances

Please contact SIT to discuss:

 

Southern Institute of Technology
Freepost SIT2LRN
Private Bag 90114
133 Tay Street
Invercargill, 9840

 Tel +64 3 211 2699

Fax +64 3 214 4977

Freephone within NZ: 0800 4 0 FEES (0800 4 0 3337)

Email   info@sit.ac.nz

 

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