New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Processing

Primary Industry Training Organisation

Subject area

Food (excluding Seafood) Processing Technology


Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

TEOs arranging training or delivering programmes towards this qualification must ensure that the training arranged and programmes of learning are kept up-to-date with regard to amendments to, and replacements of, Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) and General Requirements for Export (GREXs) outlined by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the dairy processing sector with competent employees who have the skills and knowledge to work as operators in a cheese making, cream products, milk powder, milk protein or milk treatment department, or as milk tanker operators.

Learners will benefit by having a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the dairy processing industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge acquisition to enable improved job performance and support career opportunities.

The dairy processing industry will benefit by having establish standards of competent performance for dairy processing operations that can provide domestic and international markets with confidence in quality dairy products.

This qualification is targeted at personnel with some experience in the dairy processing industry, who want to further develop their skills, knowledge, and have career progression opportunities.

Graduates will be able to be employed and work as competent operators, under limited supervision in dairy processing operations.

The optional strand in this qualification recognises the skills and knowledge required to be able to operate the automated clean in place system and heat treatment process in a dairy products processing plant.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Engineering and Related Technologies at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study


Employment rate two years after study

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Meat Industry Association Scholarship

Provided by:

Massey University



$5,000 (undergraduate), $10,000 (postgraduate)

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Elsie and Laura Lehmann Trust

Provided by:

Massey University



At the discretion of the Selection Committee

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 691 111
Phone: (08) 00 20 80 20
Fax: (04) 801 9626

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

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