Irrigation New Zealand

Course Overview:

The Certificate III in Irrigation Technology is a nationally accredited qualification in Australia, tailored to deliver a multi-platform learning experience, focusing on everything irrigation. This qualification is considered the starting point or gateway, into the irrigation industry. This course entails everything you need to learn to install and maintain irrigation systems in a wide range of professional environments. 

This course is fully compatible with irrigation systems and technology in New Zealand.  

This course includes 22 units of competency delivered over four block training modules. The qualification will also entail 900 to 2400 hours on the job supervision accumulated over 2 years depending on level of prior industry knowledge before entering the program. Unit competencies can be viewed below or download the summary from the box on the right.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Extensive skills and knowledge in irrigation design and installation
  • Product knowledge, including the latest irrigation technology
  • Reliable experience when it comes to service and consultation
  • The ability to operate and maintain irrigation systems
  • Experience working in Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial irrigation

Who is the course for?

Certificate III in Irrigation Technology is designed for candidates with limited experience in the filed of irrigation, who are looking to kick-start a career in an essential growth industry with ongoing job opportunities.

Up Coming Course Information:

Intake: September 2022*

Location: Ashburton, Canterbury

Delivery: (4 blocks and virtual)

Block 1: 19 - 23 September 2022

Block 2: 30 January - 3 February 2023

Block 3: 22 - 26 May 2023

Block 4: 4 - 8 September 2023

Cost: $9,995 +GST

*This initial course is a pilot offered by invitation only. Future courses will be subject to the success of the pilot, with the possibility of a second intake starting as early as November. Should demand be high, spaces will be offered to IrrigationNZ members first.

Interested in hearing when the next course is available? Click here to register your interest. 

Units of Competency:

Click on each unit below for full competency details or download an overview from the box on the right.

AHCINF304 - Install and terminate extra low voltage wiring systems

AHCIRG337- Measure irrigation delivery system performance

AHCIRG338- Troubleshoot irrigation systems

AHCIRG339- Monitor soils under irrigation

AHCIRG340- Install irrigation pumps

AHCIRG342- Interpret irrigation plans and drawings

AHCIRG345- Install pressurised irrigation systems

AHCWHS301- Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHCWRK309- Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCCHM304- Transport and store chemicals

AHCIRG328- Operate irrigation controller and sensor technology

AHCIRG341- Operate and maintain irrigation pumping systems

AHCIRG343- Operate irrigation injection equipment

AHCIRG344- Implement an irrigation schedule

AHCIRG346- Operate pressurised irrigation systems

AHCIRG347- Maintain pressurised irrigation systems

AHCIRG348- Operate and maintain moving irrigation system

AHCIRG349- Recommend irrigation products and services

AHCLPW313- Undertake sampling and testing of water

AHCWRK305- Coordinate work site activities

PMBWELD301E- Join polyethene plastic pipelines using butt welding

PMBWELD302E- Join polythene plastic pipelines using electrofusion welding

Irrigation New Zealand and Irrigation Australia are proceeding with plans to finalise a NZQA approved Trans-Tasman workforce qualification recognition.



Certificate III in Irrigation Technology Information Brochure

Download this document for a summary of the 22 units of competency taught in the Certificate III in Irrigation Technology.