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 18 months and is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. 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’ll 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

Expressions of Interest for 2022


The next intake is scheduled to start in February 2022 with block courses taking place in Summer/Autumn 2022. 

Cost: $7,000 +GST*

*The Certificate in Irrigation Design has recently 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 may apply and funding criteria is subject to change)

To register your interest, and to see if you qualify for TAFF funding (free trades training)  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. 


Course Details for 2021 - Registrations Closed

Module 1:

Two-day block course

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th July 2021

Location: Christchurch

Module 2:

Four-day block course

Tuesday 24th – Friday 27th August 2021

Location: Christchurch

Module 3:

Three-day block course

Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th September 2021

Location: Havelock North