NTA provides New Zealand and international students with training and education that leads to New Zealand qualifications in English Language and a range of land based industries including; Agriculture, Equine, Horticulture, Rural Technician and Animal Care.

We offer international students English language courses and tuition which can include unique New Zealand experiences, such as English & Horse Riding, English & Rugby and English & Agriculture.

Our Training Centre offers specialist purpose-built facilities to ensure you receive quality, professional training. Located just ten minutes from Christchurch allows our students access to practical training on the land, with the option of living in a metropolitan area. The National Trade Academy is based on 70 hectares at McLeans Island. All students are involved in the day to day running and development of the farm and riding school. On-site we have classrooms, a forestry block, horticulture gardens, glasshouse, shadehouse, tool sheds, irrigated pastures, student common room, cafe, farm animals, sand ‘all-weather’ riding arenas, stables and yards. Everything you expect from a top quality, land-based training facility is conveniently all on one site.

Our experience at NTA was very useful, because it helped us and introduced us to New Zealand’s work system. We learnt about Kiwi culture and new farming technologies. Our experiences on dairy farms were quite different, depending on the person, but positive in general. NTA helped us to quickly get used to work and life here in New Zealand. We did it easily because most of the tasks we performed on the farm we had practised at NTA during our course. Muchas gracias!

Jennifer and Diego


What makes us unique?

1) Combination of theory and practical training gives students the very best opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge they require in order to be employed in their chosen sector.

2) Trained and experienced tutors with small classes, ensure that students receive quality agriculture and equine training. All our tutors have relevant qualifications and experience in the industries they are training students for.

3) We are a first point of call for many employers seeking staff for their businesses. Due to the growth in the land based industry sectors, especially the dairy sector, we have seen an increase in demand for employees with a range of pre-employment skills.

4) Innovative range of courses. The National Trade Academy has been the winner of the Education New Zealand award for ‘Innovation in an International Programme Award’.

I really enjoy working with horses and these courses give me the opportunity to do what I love and earn money at the same time. It’s practical and the theory components give me the knowledge I need to succeed in a career in the equine industries.


New Zealand

What we offer

Practical Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Employment.
English language tuition (Beginner to Upper Intermediate Level)
Agriculture qualification at NZQA Level 2 and 3
Equine qualification at NZQA Level 2, Level 3 and Level4
Horticulture and Animal Care qualifications at NZQA Level 2-5
Commercial Pilot Licence Training Scheme at NZQA Level 5

We have been providing education and training to the agriculture and equine industries since 2000. We pride ourselves in teaching our students the practical skills and knowledge required for successful careers in the land based industries.

Qualifications are approved by NZQA.

Student loans and allowances are available for our NZ fee-paying students, where applicable.

List of courses we offer

  • General English (Full Time Intensive) and General English (Part Time Intensive)
  • English + Horse Riding or Agriculture
  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Agriculture) Level 2
  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Sporthorse Stable Assistant) Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Horticulture) Full time & Distance Level 2
  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Rural Animal Technology) Level 5
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)with New Zealand Airline Academy
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with New Zealand Airline Academy

We prepare students for ...

  • General English (Full Time Intensive) and General English (Part Time Intensive)

Extracurricular subjects

  • Horse Riding (Equine)
  • Agriculture (Farming)
  • Horticulture

Year Planner

NZ Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 2)
14 weeks 11th February – 2019 17th May 2019

NZ Certificate in Equine Skills
“Sport Horse stable assistant” (Level 3)
14 weeks 11th February – 2019 17th May 2019

NZ Certificate in Equine Skills
“Sport Horse Groom” (Level 4)
20 weeks incl. 2 weeks recess 3rd June 2019 – 18th October 2019 5/8/19-16/8/19 (2 weeks)

NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills Level 2
Course 1 NTA Christchurch – 21st January 2019 – 12th April 2019
Course 2 NTA Christchurch – 4th February 2019 – 26th April 2019
Course 3 NTA Christchurch – 11th March 2019 – 31st May 2019
Course 4 NTA Christchurch – 8th April 2019 28th – June 2019
Course 5 NTA Christchurch – 15th April 2019 – 5th July 2019
Course 6 NTA Christchurch – 27th May 2019 – 16th August 2019
Course 7 NTA Christchurch – 24th June 2019 – 13th September 2019
Course 8 NTA Christchurch – 22nd July 2019 – 11th October 2019
Course 9 NTA Christchurch – 12th August 2019 – 1st November 2019
Course 10 NTA Christchurch – 9th September 2019 – 29th November 2019
Course 11 NTA Christchurch – 7th October 2019 – 27th December 2019

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Janie Youngman

International Administrator

Belinda McAnally

Marketing Coordinator

Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Course Fees

General English 1-11 weeks per week NZ$380.00 per week
General English 12-24 weeks per week NZ$345.00 per week

Accommodation Fees

Homestay $290.50 per week

* Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Masterpolicy.