Study with TrainME in New Zealand

Our programme for International students offers 12 weeks of practical skills in New Zealand Farming practices, followed by employment for one year or more on a New Zealand farm (subject to visa).  Please note this programme is only available at our Hamilton campus.


Why study in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, you will find a unique culture and stunning natural environment. New Zealand is similar in land size to the United Kingdom or Japan but has a population of just over 4 million.


Choose TrainMe for Your Study in New Zealand

International students are welcome and come from all over the world to TrainMe.

TrainMe is a division of ATC New Zealand which was formed in 1984.  It offers a unique Christian-based environment for study.

Christian values of care, honour and respect are part of our culture and are all designed to help learners excel.  People of all religions and cultures are most welcome to study at TrainMe.

TrainMe, a division of Activate Training Centre Limited, is an approved and accredited NZQA Category 2 provider. NZQA assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER). Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties – see


Next International Intake

Our next 12-week course starts on 25th September and runs through to 15th December 2017



Course content
  • Use of farm vehicles – intensive training on the safe use of quad bikes, farm motorcycles, tractors and chainsaws.
  • Pasture control – an introduction to grazing and pasture management.
  • Fencing – methods of livestock control with fencing methods.
  • Animal health – skills in dairy herd health care and animal handling.
  • Livestock feeding – knowledge of seasonal livestock demands and feeding systems.
  • Dairy shed hygiene and milking – preparation for milking, milking procedures and equipment cleaning.
  • Injury and Safety factors – the identification and elimination of farm hazards.


The emphasis will be on improving productivity and agricultural efficiency. Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained and contribute to the improvement and development of agricultural practices in their own country.




If your visa conditions allow, we work closely with an agricultural employment consultant who will assist you to gain either seasonal, part-time or full-time employment on a dairy farm. There is no cost to you for finding this employment.

Please note this course is not a pathway to a residence in New Zealand.


Entry Criteria:
– Prospective students must have applied for and been accepted on a study visa, not visitor’s visa.
– Be able to show a source of funds and provide a history of payments in their bank accounts that go back 6 months.
– Have paid all monies required before the course start date.
– Prospective students will need a drivers licence.
– We cannot accept a student who is under 5’2” as this is a health and safety issue and are at risk of injury during milking.
– Students must be aged between 18-50 years of age.
– Have completed an agriculture related qualification of at least 3 months duration.



The Process

Before enrolling, please read the ATC International handbook HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Please download a brochure here: ENGLISH VERSION (Downloadable PDF) SPANISH VERSION (Downloadable PDF)


To apply to enrol we require a CV, verified copies of your passport and qualification(s) as well as these four forms from you. All must be completed in English
– Enrolment Form Click Here
– Personal statement of intent Click Here
– Medical Information Click Here
– Student Contract  Click Here


Scan and email them to or post to:
Trainme International,
21 Ruakura Road,
Hamilton 3216
New Zealand


If you have any questions click here (please fill it in English.)  We can then arrange a Skype interview at a time suitable for you and us.  We can then process your application.


To apply for homestay accommodation (see the Accommodation in NZ section below), please download, fill in and return the Homestay application form:  AVAILABLE HERE



English Requirements
If English is your second language you must provide evidence of adequate English skills to gain entry to the course.    
Student Visa Information

If you are not a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and are coming to New Zealand to study, you will need a student visa or permit from New Zealand Immigration.

The New Zealand Immigration Website explains in detail the requirements and process for receiving a Student Visa.


Health and Travel Insurance requirements
Please note all international students are required to have appropriate travel and medical insurance from the date they leave their home country until their return home on completion of the study. Vision College is able to arrange this insurance for you. If your current insurance policy does not meet the minimum requirements below, we reserve the right to insist on a new policy.
It is recommended that international students should hold insurance covering all the following aspects:


Health cover while in New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of illness and/or injury (in excess of ACC cover) that requires surgery and/or hospitalisation – unlimited sum insured
• Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries – unlimited sum insured
• Emergency dental treatment
• Optical cover
• Costs for family members’ travel in the event that the student suffers a serious illness or injury.


Repatriation, search and rescue
• Repatriation and expatriation in the event a student needs to return home following an injury or illness which interrupts their study plans – unlimited sum insured
• Return of mortal remains/funeral expenses – including travel costs for family members, repatriation of remains, and funeral costs
• Search and rescue operation to locate the insured.


Travel into and out of New Zealand
• Missed flights or delays for travels into and out of New Zealand
• Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of an illness and injury incurred during the travel.


Personal liability
• Negligence causing bodily injury (including death) of another person or loss of or damage to property
• False arrest and wrongful detention.
Also, personal effects cover for laptops, expensive musical instruments and belongings.


Insurance Costs
Vision College will arrange an appropriate insurance policy with an NZ provider if the student has not arranged an appropriate policy. The cost of the insurance will be detailed on the Offer of Place.



Accommodation in New Zealand

If you are new to New Zealand we recommend that you choose Homestay accommodation, even if just for the first few months while you settle in. Homestay accommodation means you can stay with a New Zealand family during your studies.

If you are interested in Homestay accommodation please complete the homestay application form at the same time you apply to study one of our courses and we will refer you to our recommended Homestay provider.

All homestays have had the facilities inspected and the hosts interviewed and vetted by the police as to their suitability in accordance with the provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students. Ongoing inspections are made regularly.

Homestay accommodation provides students with their own room, study facilities, 3 meals a day, heating, laundry, ablutions and the use of a phone.

At least four weeks notice is normally required to arrange Homestay on the students’ behalf. The bond and first 4 weeks homestay fees will be included with the tuition fees invoice.


How to Pay Fees
New Zealand Immigration requires fees to be paid in full before they will issue a student visa. However, if you are residing overseas, you can start the student visa application process before you pay after you receive an Offer of Place from TrainMe. Pay the fees after you have received Approval in Principle (AIP) from NZ Immigration who will then request a receipt. Please email proof of payment from your agent or your bank once you have paid.



Course cost: NZ$5,400.00
1/2 day English per week (if required): NZ$500.00
Course material fee (gumboots, rain jacket etc): NZ$250.00

New Zealand Immigration requires fees to be paid in full before they will issue a student visa.


Additional Costs:
These will be approximately NZ$6,000, made up of:


NZ$250.00 Placement fee (Includes airport pick up)
NZ$250.00 Weekly Fee


Additional Costs (Non Tuition)
Registration Fee NZ$260.00 (Enrolment and administration fee)


NZ$300.00 (6 months if required) Shorter periods available, contact us for a price.


Immigration Fee
Immigration Advisors fee (if required) NZ$1035.00 (subject to change)
To apply for a work visa once here NZ$318.00 (subject to change)


Other Costs
Metro Bus fee per week NZ$45.00
Medical and or X-Ray NZ$450.00 (approximately)
Personal Spending NZ$100.00 (per week approximately)


Fees can be paid by bank card, cheque or cash at one of the Vision College campuses. Or can be paid directly into the student fees Trust Account.

Trust Account Number: 12-3123-0010341-37
Account Name: Activate Training Centre Ltd
Swift Code: ASBBNZ2A
Address details for account: ASB Bank Centre
Lvl 9, 135 Albert St


Name of Bank: ASB Bank Ltd


Important: Use your name in the reference when making a deposit. And email Vision College when a payment has been made so that we can issue a receipt.


Trust Fund for Student Fees
All student fees collected by Vision College for courses are banked directly into a Trust fund administered by a Chartered Accountant. Periodic payments to Vision College will be affected from that trust on a monthly basis over the term of the student’s course.




Intake 3 Start 17th July — Finish 6 October
Intake 4 Start 25th September — Finish 14 December