Irrigation New Zealand

This NZQA level 4 course is for industry professionals to undertake full irrigation performance evaluations. This will allow you to undertake audit level evaluations to better support your client in achieving Good Management Practice and farm plan compliance. This course runs for a total of seven months, over which, students will be required to complete:

  • Pre-course reading and assessment (via e-learning)
  • 3 Day training school where students will complete;
    • Basic pumping and hydraulics and review of pre course learning
    • 4 different irrigation system evaluations with the support of the trainer
    • Analyse as a group the gathered performance data
    • Discuss report writing  that specify GMP benchmarks, System Performance issues, and make recommendations based on analysed data
  • Complete 2 assignments post training- full evaluations required for two different system types

Course materials:

  • Irrigation New Zealand online learning content for irrigation scheduling
  • The New Zealand Performance Assessment Code of Practice
  • Assignment information
  • Access to Irrig8, the full evaluation software package

There is an expectation that learners have a good base knowledge of irrigation system types and basic design principles. Places are limited to 12 people per course.

Course details 2021 - Registration Now Closed

  • Class training dates –3 Days, 2nd - 4th November 2021
  • Venue – Green Shed, 21 Ruahapia Road, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
  • Cost - $3000 +GST*

*The Certificate in Performance Assessment 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 download the registration form click here and email to 


Expressions of interest are now being taken from those people interested in attending a Performance Assessment course to be held in Canterbury in early 2022. To received notification of confirmed dates and registration opening please email 

To download the registration form click here