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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these FAQs / Frequently Asked Questions for key information on our courses and qualifications, costs, locations and general questions about Ag Drive.


How much do your courses cost?

We offer some free ag courses, while others have a fee. Find out more on our courses page about the various options on offer. View Courses and Fees

Are your courses free?

If you are working in a primary industry, most courses are free ag courses under our Primary ITO contract. If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to access a free ag  course through MSD / WINZ. We also have some paid course options for specific courses we run.

Am I eligible for funding?

As of 1 July 2020, the Government will cover training fees until 31 December 2022 for training in many of our primary sector industries. Through a partnership with Primary ITO, if you are working in a primary industry you'll be eligible for most free ag courses. If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, funding may still be available to you. Please contact our student services team for more information.  Contact Student Services.


Who are your courses for?

Whether you're already working in the agricultural sector and want to upskill or grow confidence, you're an employer looking to train your staff, or you're looking for a career change into primary industry, we've got a course designed to suit you and your experience level. Ag Drive courses give you the skills and confidence to operate machinery well.

How do I know what course to choose?

There are 3 elements to selecting the right course for you - fees, timeframe and type of vehicle / machinery.
- Choose from our free or funded micro-credential courses or our user-pays refresher courses
- Select your time frame - we offer courses running for 1 day right up to 10 days
- Select from tractor operation, light utility vehicle operation, quad bike operation or two-wheeler motorbike operation

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are a formal way of recognising your skills and knowledge in a particular area. Micro-credentials can be an excellent upskilling option for people who want to bulk up their resume and acquire specialised skills sought after by employers.

What experience level do I need to complete a course?

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced operator, Ag Drive instructors can tailor your learning to your experience level. If you don’t have any experience Ag Drive is a great place to start. Our instructors will steer you through the entire process to operate vehicles / machinery properly and safely. If you're a seasoned operator, we can make sure you know the correct way to operate the machinery and teach you tips and tricks to help you operate your machinery / vehicle following absolute best practice.

I'm an experienced tractor driver so why should I do the course?

Completing the micro-credential; Operate a Tractor in the Primary Industry, gives you and employers evidence of your experience. This assures employers that you are a qualified and safe operator and also looks good on your resume.


Where are you based?

We are based in the Waikato, but also offer mobile training to larger groups, where we come to you.

Our Tractor Training Facility & Classroom is at 450A, Matangi Road, Tamahere, Waikato

Our Motorbike/Quad/LUV Training Facility & Classroom is at 194 Hannon Road, Cambridge, Waikato 

Our Facilities

Can you come to me?

If you have a large group of staff you wish to train onsite, we can potentially come to you. Contact Paula in our team, to discuss your options. Enquire Here.

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Why should I choose Ag Drive?

When it comes to operating farm machinery it is essential it is done correctly, efficiently, and as safely as possible. AG Drive can train you and your staff the correct and proper way. Our award-winning training academy is the largest in the Waikato. With two premium facilities; a fully operational farm and a purpose built indoor facility which house a range of popular tractors, farm machinery and motorbikes, we are very well equipped to provide relevant skills based training. Our experienced tutors can cater to all types of learning and our small class sizes allow for a lot of one on one training. We run regular courses which you can book online to allow for flexible planning.

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