Irrigation New Zealand

Course Overview:

The Certificate III in Irrigation Technology is a nationally recognised programme of training in Australia, tailored to deliver a multi-platform learning experience, focusing on everything irrigation. The course is considered the starting point or gateway, into the irrigation industry. It entails everything you need to learn to install and maintain irrigation systems in a wide range of professional environments and is fully compatible with irrigation systems and technology in New Zealand.  

The Certificate III in Irrigation Technology includes 22 units of competency delivered over four block training modules. The course 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. Learners will be required to complete online assessments and record their hours of work towards the different units of competency.  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?

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

Up Coming Course Information:

2024 Intake: registration open, start date 20th March 2024

Irrigation New Zealand is now taking registration from those people interested in participating in the next intake of the Certificate III in Irrigation Technology starting 20th March 2024. 

Having successfully held the New Zealand pilot programme for the Cert III during 2022 and 2023, Irrigation Australia (IAL) in conjunction with IrrigationNZ, have reviewed feedback to find continuous ways to improve the course.   

IAL have moved some of their learning material online to support learning via virtual classrooms. This move towards a blended learning environment will help learners balance their working and learning needs better, allowing for efficiencies in training, with tutors having more time to focus on delivering practical fieldwork when classroom training is being completed. 

The 2024 intake will involve 4 x virtual sessions and 4 x 5-day face-to-face training sessions as follows:

Virtual (Online) Sessions:
20th March 2024                Introduction Session (2 hours)
29th April 2024                   Virtual Session 1 (4 hours)
13th May 2024                    Virtual Session 2 (4 hours)
4th June 2024                     Virtual Session 3 (4 hours)

Face-to-Face Training:
8th - 12th July 2024                   Block 1
21st - 25th October 2024          Block 2
17th - 21st March 2025              Block 3
9th - 13th June 2025                 Block 4

Face-to-face training location: Lincoln, Canterbury

Cost: $9,995 +GST


Click here to register your interest in the next course intake. 

Note: a minimum number of students is required for the course to run.


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

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

AHCCHM101- Follow basic chemical safety rules

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



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.