Recommended assessment standards

Primary Industries


“You get to drive some of the most sophisticated high-tech toys out there, from boats to tractors to diggers to chainsaws to precision agriculture.”


These assessment standards are recommended by the industries across our sector. So if you are looking for a pathway into the Primary Industries, you would do well to focus on these subjects and work hard to achieve the standards listed here.

You don’t need to do all of these standards! However, if you gain enough credits from the standards we recommend then you are gaining the skills, knowledge, and competencies that are most important to employers in our sector.

But there’s another way to look at it. If these are the subjects you enjoy, and these are the sorts of standards that you tend to do well in, then you should definitely consider the Primary Industries as your possible future. There are heaps of opportunities and a wide range and growing number of jobs at many different levels.

Level 1 and 2 recommended assessment standards, sector related standards, unit standards

These are the standards recommended at level 1. If these are areas of strength or interest for you then you’re making a great start at gaining the key skills you need in our sector.

Remember, if your NCEA level 2 includes 60 credits from recommended standards, including at least 20 credits from sector-related standards, you can have Primary Industries recognised as your Vocational Pathway.

To view a complete list of Standards for each Pathway visit the Assessment Standards spreadsheets section of our Resources page.