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 (9 days total) 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

2024 Intake: Registration now open

Please click here to register your interest in attending the below course

Class training dates:

Module 1 - 19th - 20th March 2024
Module 2 - 7th - 10th May 2024
Module 3 - 30th July - 1st August 2024

Location: Module 1 & 2 Lincoln Events Centre, Lincoln, Canterbury
               Module 3 TBC possibly Tasman/Marlborough

  • $7,350+GST for IrrigationNZ members
  • $7,750+GST for non-members

Note: For some non-domestic learners international fees may apply. 

Course fees are required to be paid in full prior to the commencement of Module 1.

Employers and businesses with Māori staff may be eligible for funding through Te Puni Kōkiri's Cadetship Programme, click here for more details. 

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