Irrigation New Zealand

This training course will help you acquire the specialist skills required to design efficient and sustainable irrigation systems. This Level 5 certificate runs for 16 months and is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. The course is worth 100 credits which equates to approximately 1000 learning hours to complete. You will be required to attend three face to face training modules and complete four assignments. Two of those assignments require you to design two different irrigation systems. To do this you will need access to two properties which are in the process of developing irrigation.

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

•Work with the customer to best determine the irrigation needs on their property

•Assess soil moisture parameters, water consent conditions and local climate data

•Design the system most suitable to meet these needs

•Prepare design reports and understand the commercial proposal and contract

•Plan the installation, testing and commissioning of the new system

•Prepare as-built drawings and an operation and maintenance manual

Assessment requirements:

•A completed irrigation system design brief for two properties

•A contract to deliver, as-built drawing and installation and commissioning plans for an irrigation system

•An operation and maintenance manual for an operator

•Worked examples and questions relating to hydraulic design

Course materials:

•Evidence portfolio outlining all the assessment requirements

•Learning materials including worked examples, INZ templates and guidelines 

•Codes of Practice and Design Standards

Cost: $7,000 +GST*

*The Certificate in Irrigation Design has been approved by the Tertiary Education Commission for the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (free trades training). This funding is currently available to cover course fees for those students working in New Zealand until December 2022 (conditions apply and funding criteria is subject to change). 

Attendees on this course are required to be vaccinated and must be able to show a valid vaccination pass when requested.


Registration for the February 2022 intake is now closed. Course Details are:

Module 1:

Two-day block course

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th February 2022

Location: Christchurch

Module 2:

Four-day block course

Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April 2022

Location: Christchurch

Module 3:

Three-day block course

Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th May 2022

Location: Havelock North


To register your interest and be kept notified of any upcoming courses, please contact admin@irrigationnz.co.nz


See page 21 of the IrrigationNZ 2020 Summer Magazine - to read about what previous graduates learnt from the course.