Certificate in Essential Backcountry and Predator Elimination Skills (Level 3) (Micro-credential)

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Subject area

Pest and Weed Control



26 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Certificate in Essential Backcountry and Predator Elimination Skills (Level 3) is a 20 credit
micro-credential delivered by Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) across the South Island West Coast
region to meet the needs of ZIP. ZIP are requiring specialised delivery that focuses on
backcountry and bush craft skills, emergency preparedness and ensuring staff members have
the skills and awareness to interact appropriately with different stakeholders. Additionally,
ZIP has requested that the delivery includes upskilling of staff around new and essential
industry technologies and the fundamental principles of predator elimination.
This micro-credential aims to ensure that people who are entering the conservation/predator
elimination workforce or who have recently entered the sector, have the appropriate
knowledge and understanding to safely and effectively operate in a remote outdoor

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Entry into the Certificate in Essential Backcountry and Predator Elimination Skills (Level 3) will be in accordance with the requirements of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Academic Statute, and as outlined below. In the case of any discrepancies the Academic Statute overrides all other Tai Poutini Polytechnic documents. Learners must: 1. Have evidence of appropriate language competency if English is not the applicant s first language of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no band below 5.0, 2. Have completed a minimum of 3 years of secondary schooling or equivalent, 3. Be physically able to complete backcountry practical activities, 4. Have their application reviewed by TPP staff. Note - It is recommended that learners complete a recognised first aid course prior to enrolling on this micro-credential. - Applications outside the above requirements may, in some circumstances, be considered by the department Manager of Teaching and Learning (MTL).

Detailed requirements

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26 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$1,233 $1,233
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$1,695 $1,695
Total $2,928 $2,928

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 800 411
Phone: (03) 769 9400
Fax: (03) 768 4503
Email: info@tpp.ac.nz
Web: http://www.tpp.ac.nz

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