The New Zealand Diploma in Primary Industry Business Management, is the new name for the highly successful Agribusiness Diploma, reflecting that this qualification is relevant to all primary industry businesses – and that many farms also incorporate other ventures such as orchards, honey production, or tourism operations.

Farm owners and managers increasingly need to navigate changing workplace rules, environmental regulations and a myriad of other things, as well as planning ahead for success. These changing needs are part of why the diploma is a great wayto gain extra skills, in a flexible way to fit in study around the other demands of life.

The diploma is also covered by the Government’s “Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund”, which meanscourse fees are covered until the end of 2022.

Learning through Primary ITO means people gain the skills specifically needed for their farming business, with the support of experts from Primary ITO and the polytechnic in their own region. The diploma covers four topic areas: Strategic Planning, Financial Planning & Management, Human Resource Management, and Environment & Sustainability Management.

It’s the practical application of learning that farmers find invaluable. Primary ITO is taking registrations for courses starting in February 2022.

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