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Agricultural Practical Courses in New Zealand.

Ag Drive provides practical agricultural operator training for vehicles and machinery. As the Waikato’s largest agricultural vehicle training provider, we offer a range of tractor driving courses, machinery operation courses and farm motorbike driver courses to suit every experience level, timeframe, and need.

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Complete our agricultural practical courses and get certified. Improve your chances of employment in New Zealand!

Tractor Operator

Courses

Solidify your safe operation skills and gain knowledge on the latest health & safety regulations.

Light Utility Vehicle Operator Courses

Solidify your knowledge on operating a Light Utility Vehicle with this LUV safe operation courses.

Chainsaw Operator Courses

The chainsaw is an essential piece of machinery for so many businesses and operating it safely is vital.

Practical Skills for a Lifetime

Are you already working in the agricultural sector and want to upskill or grow confidence? Are you looking for a career change with heaps of opportunities? Maybe you're an employer looking to train your staff? Whatever the reason, we've got an agricultural practical course that suits you! 

​Looking For Staff?

Suffering from staff shortages? Can't find enough qualified operators to join your agri-business operation? We have launched Ag Work NZ- an Ag Drive initiative. We match workers in the UK to Agricultural employers in NZ and sort all the paperwork to make getting staff from overseas as easy as possible. Visit the website to find out more. 

Learn In a State-of-The-Art Environment

Waikato Ag Drive Training Centre

AG Drive’s state-of-the art Tractor and Motorbike Training Facility operates all year round. We have used the natural landscape of Mystery Creek to set up obstacle courses and specialised acitivity areas for practical operator training on all terrains and a true farming experience.

Ag Drive Mobile Training Options

Not in the Waikato or have a big group? No worries, we can come to you. We offer mobile/on-site training to larger groups so your team can learn in their own environments, on the terrain and with the gear they use day-to-day. Talk to us to find out more about out mobile options.

Need Us to Come to You?

If you’re not located in the Waikato or you have a big group you’d like to train, we offer mobile training services through New Zealand.

The Ag Drive Blog

Read our latest Ag Drive Agricultural Article and News

Why is Vehicle Safety on Farms Important

In the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand, where green fields stretch as far as the eye can see, lies an often overlooked aspect of rural life – vehicle safety. The serene environment of farms aRead more

Top 3 Benefits of Chainsaw Operator Training Across Industries in New Zealand

In New Zealand, chainsaws are extensively used across various sectors, including forestry, construction, and agriculture. While these tools are indispensable for efficient operations, they also poseRead more

Workplace deaths, injuries costing NZ $4.4 billion a year - Stuff report

Workplace accidents and deaths are costing the country collectively $4.4 billion, according to a new report out on Tuesday looking at the state of health and safety prevention in New Zealand. In theRead more

St Peter's School Complete Tractor Training with Ag Drive

Last week Ag Drive welcomed a group of students from St Peter's School in Cambridge. Completing the Ag Drive 1-day tractor course, the team learned about vehicle operation and safety.  Ag Drive COORead more

ACC Chainsaw Related Injuries 2022

STIHL is exploring the comprehensive statistics provided by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) from 2018 to 2022, delving into various aspects of chainsaw-related injuries. We examine the numberRead more

Ag Drive on the AM Show

WorkSafe data shows that from 1 January – 31 March 2023, there were 5 farm fatalities and 30 WorkSafe notifiable injuries. In the 12 months to January 2023, there were 14 fatalities in total, andRead more

5 farm fatalities in 3 months show not enough being done

Ag Drive is calling on the agriculture industry to step up and do more to keep people safe on farm, with 5 fatalities in the first 3 months of 2023, with the launch of their ‘Change the Culture’Read more

Quad bike widow calls for more education

The widow of a farmer killed in a quad bike accident says education, not hefty fines, is the key to reducing accidents and deaths involving the bikes. Official figures show 28 people died in quadbikeRead more

Older farmers and children are involved in more farm accidents than other age groups - Worksafe

Farmers of retirement age are hurt more often than younger farmers, and WorkSafe says more care needs to be taken of children on farms. In the first three months of this year there were five farmRead more

Agri injuries approach $100m in ACC claims

The figure, which includes new and existing claims, has risen by about $14 million in the past five years. Almost $100 million was paid out by the Accident Compensation CorporationRead more

Forestry, agriculture, construction deaths are nearly all avoidable

Every week this year on average, one or more New Zealand workers will likely be killed in a workplace accident. Wayne Scott, CEO of MinEx, the extractive sector’s health and safety organisation, isRead more

Ag Drive partners with Agricademy

Ag Drive has signed an agreement with Agricademy, to deliver its award-winning operator training to even more of the agriculture sector.  Agricademy provides training for new employees in a moreRead more

"It’s a really good foundation course, even though we have previous tractor driving experience, we still learnt a lot.”

Max and Liam

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