Intermediate Freshwater Farm Planning

This course is designed for industry professionals interested in upskilling in the concepts and components important for the development of farm environment plans for freshwater.

Key facts

Cost: $2,250 + GST

Duration: 10 weeks

Delivery mode: Online

Time commitment: Approximately:

  • 100 hours of online study consisting of 50 hours of self-timed learning activities
  • 48 hours of assessed learning
  • 1 to 2 hours of video conference tutorials and assessments.


This course was developed with the support of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ). It will provide the participant with the knowledge and integrated skills necessary to produce a base New Zealand industry-standard, farm-scale, freshwater Farm Environment Plan.

What you'll get

Successful participants will receive a Massey University Certificate of Completion in Intermediate Freshwater Farm Planning and have this achievement and 10 credits added to their academic records.


Participants must have completed Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management in New Zealand Agriculture

have in the previous 3 years passed the Massey University course 189362 Integrated Farm and Environmental Management or the Lincoln University course SOSC340 Advanced Soil Management with a B grade or higher.

be able to demonstrate skills and experience in nutrient management and the use of OverseerFM.
Demonstration includes providing:

  • an academic transcript stating your undergraduate and postgraduate courses studied, so that Massey can verify your soil science background
  • a detailed description of your skills and experience in nutrient management and the use of OverseerFM nutrient budgets, with reference to previous work experience and name of companies/employers who can verify this experience.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key factors and issues to be considered in a freshwater Farm Environment Plan.
  • Explain the role of geology in soil stability and the risk of sediment loss.
  • Interpret the Land Use Capability index and the Land Resource Inventory for soil resource management.
  • Identify key erosion types and sources of sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss.
  • Describe the consequences of erosion, sediment, nutrient and pathogen losses.
  • Explain the benefits and effectiveness of mitigation strategies to reduce sediment, nutrient and pathogen losses.
  • Develop a plan to identify and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Develop a desktop farm environment plan for freshwater.

Course content and structure

Participants will examine the purpose of a freshwater Farm Environment Plan in relation to government policies and acquaint themselves with:

  • systems used to classify landscape units
  • different types of soil erosion
  • sources of sediment
  • nutrient and pathogen loss
  • options available to mitigate these losses.

Participants will be introduced to the spatial mapping of relevant physical features and observed soil erosion, sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss issues through virtual field trips, which will be integrated throughout the course. Participants will be able to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills by creating a desktop Farm Environment Plan report.


Details of assessments for Intermediate Freshwater Farm Planning short course.
Assessment type Assessment title Weighting (%) Link to learning outcomes
Test Online quiz: a series of online quizzes on freshwater Farm Environment Plan concepts and components. 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Written assessment Report, Technical: Desktop freshwater Farm Environment Plan 60 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Written assessment Written assessment, reflection 10 8

Requirements to successfully complete the course

Achieve an overall minimum of 50% in the online quizzes and written assessments


For all course enquiries and to register your interest, please email Fiona Bardell at

Contact information

 Fiona Bardell

Fiona Bardell

School of Agriculture and Environment

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