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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, you may be eligible for a fully funded course under our Primary ITO contract. Contact us for further details. 

If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to access a free ag  course through MSD / WINZ, Contact your local work broker at MSD for details. 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 may be eligible for fully funded ag courses. 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, type of vehicle / machinery and experience level. 
- Choose from our free or funded micro-credential courses or our user-pays refresher courses 
- Select from tractor operation, light utility vehicle operation, quad bike operation or two-wheeler motorbike operation
- Choose from our theory or practical + theory courses depending on your level of experience, we recomend that only moderate to experienced operators attend the just theory course.

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.

Why does it take 8 weeks to complete a 2-day course?

To recieve full funding for our courses you must complete the unit standards outlined in the course details. Two unit standards are completed during the course. The other three - one of which is a log book showing 10 hours of driving- you will need to complete within 8-weeks of attending the Ag Drive course.

Can I do more than one course at a time?

To recieve funding you cannot be enrolled in more than one course at a time, but you can return for another fully funded course after you complete the unit standards for your initial fully funded course.

If you are interested in our user pays options please contact us to enrol. You can attend a user pays course even if you are currently completing a different fully funded course. 


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 Mystery Creek, Gate 1, 125 Mystery Creek Road, Ohaupo

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.


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 practical motorbike 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.

What Should I Bring?

We run our courses in all weather including rain so please bring appropriate outdoor clothing for the season. 

Covered shoes must be worn on the bike courses and steel cap boots are required to be worn on the tractor courses. We will provide you with a hi-vis.

We provide lunch, tea and coffee

What are the hours of the course each day?

8:30am - 4pm

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