Rural Contractors New Zealand supports and promotes training and education in the industry.

The main focus is on training, which is administered by industry training organisation – Connexis New Zealand ( – which supplies training to the infrastructure sector of which rural contracting is a part.

There are 4 National Certificates, which are registered with the NZ Qualifications Authority NZQA.

People under the age of 22 can take up training through the Modern Apprentice scheme, which provides extra support for both employers and employees.

Further information can be found on the Connexis New Zealand website

National Certificate in Agrichemical Application -Level 3 or 4

This is an essential qualification for people involved in chemical application.

It has strands in various aspects of the industry; aquatic weed control, vegetation control, parasite control on livestock, broadacre and brush control. This is a pre-requisite for the Registered Chemical Applicators accreditation, which is mandatory for many tender applications.

Download Training Plan detailed on the Accreditation page