Certificate in Sheep


(Level 3)

The Certificate in Sheep Knowledge will be of great interest to those students interested in sheep and/or the farming of sheep. Tailored specifically to the subject, the programme has been designed to give the learner a broad range of knowledge about sheep and their care and management. This certificate does not contain any practical work.  


One year from date of enrolment, part-time study


70 credits


NZ student fees
International student fees

Entry requirements

Applicants must:
* Be 16 years or over
* Be proficient in English (written and oral).
Note: If English is your second language, you will be required to provide evidence that you are sufficiently competent in English to take part in this programme.

Textbooks required


Programme content

Breeding and mating

* 24642 Describe sheep reproductive organs and cycles and related management practices

* 19157 Demonstrate knowledge of sheep genetics and ram selection 

* 19159 Demonstrate knowledge of sheep mating management practices

Nutrition and health

* 18 Demonstrate knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology

* 19116 Demonstrate knowledge of livestock behaviour and animal welfare

* 19101 Describe methods to maximise pasture production and pasture renovation and renewal

* 24628 Describe pasture supply and demand feeds and grazing systems

* 25923 Describe Ill-health in sheep


* 571 Demonstrate knowledge of wool production

* 15609 Demonstrate knowledge of sheep milk production

* 19117 Demonstrate knowledge of meat production


* 10090 Demonstrate knowledge of rearing lambs and hoggets

* 19149 Describe lambing and the procedures for assisting ewes having difficulty lambing

Sale and purchase of livestock

* 19109 Demonstrate knowledge of sale and purchase of livestock

Wool shed safety

* 19147 Describe activities and hazards in a wool shed during shearing from a farm perspective