Training Aligned to Certification

The NZIPIM Dairy Farm Systems Certification scheme is designed to give farmers confidence in the advice they receive, as well as identifying capability gaps in consultants knowledge base.

To become a Certified Dairy Farm Systems Consultant, individuals are required to; be a member of NZIPIM, sit a number of online assessment modules, submit a Whole Farm Assessment report for assessment, and receive feedback from their clients.

Where capability gaps are identified during the assessment process, training courses have been developed to help upskill individual's knowledge base to enable them to progress through the assessment modules. Information on the Dairy Farm Systems Certification Scheme, including an application form can be found here. The Assessment Criteria setting out the competencies to be assessed for certification can be found here.

Should applicants wish to undertake further training to upskill their knowledge base, the following courses have been developed and are aligned to Dairy Farm Systems Certification:

  • Advanced Dairy Production Systems (DairyNZ)
  • Whole Farm Assessment (DairyNZ)
  • InCalf (DairyNZ)
  • Farm Environmental Management (Agri One)
  • Essentials of Farm Financial Management (Agri One)
  • Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management (Massey University)

For more information on these training programmes are outlined below

Whole Farm Assessment Training

The next training course on DairyNZ's Whole Farm Assessment (WFA) process will be held 13-15 June 2017 (location TBC).

The WFA combines analysis of physical and financial benchmarking data (through DairyBase) with on-farm observation and a structured discussion with the farm team covering the business objectives and management practices.

The cost of attending will be $850 + GST.

The course covers the process, and skills in approaching different farmer situations, financial analysis, report writing and action plans. For more information on the course, click here. If you wish to register for this course please email

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