National Trade Academy

National Trade Academy The National Trade Academy

The National Trade Academy provides New Zealand and international students with a range of training courses and national qualifications for careers in the land based industries of Agriculture, Equine, Horticulture and Forestry.

We also offer international students English language tuition which can include unique New Zealand experiences, such as horse riding, rugby and farming.

At our specialist Training Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, we cater for New Zealand students, international students and school students.FB

About NTA
Our Training Centre offers specialist purpose-built facilities to ensure you receive quality, professional training.
Located just ten minutes from Christchurch city allows our students access to practical training on the land, with the option of living in a metropolitan area.

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The National Trade Academy is based on 34 hectares at McLeans Island, in the Waimakariri River Regional Park.

All students are involved in the day to day running and development of the farm and riding school.

On-site we have classrooms, a forestry block, horticulture gardens, glasshouse, shadehouse, tool sheds, irrigated pastures, student common room, farm animals, sand ‘all-weather’ riding arenas, stables and yards. Everything you expect from a top quality, land-based training facility is conveniently all on one site.

Prices / Courses and Accommodation

See the full price list on the school’s website.

Also, you can contact our staff at any time for a detailed price quote: Contact All About Languages / 1 (800) 620 – 5567

Prices in NZ $


All equipment is provided at our Training Centre, so you can learn in a safe and professional environment.

By being well protected and having the opportunity to practice skills in the approved industry method, you will establish confidence in performing tasks independently, in an efficient and safe manner – which is what employers are looking for in their staff.

At our Training Centre we have motorbikes, ATVs, fencing tools, trailers, agrichemical equipment, safety equipment such as helmets, tractors, stock yards, chainsaws, tools and a fully equipped equestrian centre with a full range of equine tack.

Practical Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Employment

We have been providing education and training to the agriculture and equine industries since 2000. We pride ourselves in teaching our students the practical skills and knowledge required for successful careers in the land based industries.

Qualifications are approved by NZQA.

English Language Programs

Minimum 4 week enrollment

  • General English Course (Beginners) 12 weeks
  • General English Course (Elementary) 12 weeks
  • General English Course (Pre-Intermediate) 12 weeks
  • General English Course (Intermediate) 12 weeks
  • General English Course (Upper Intermediate) 12 weeks

Students will have the opportunity to develop English language skills at each level they enrol in, with a focus on the systems of English (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and on the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Emphasis will be on listening and speaking skills at each level.

Entry Requirements

Open to all international students who wish to develop their skills in English as a second language. On completion of their studies, students can enrol in the next level course, depending on their Visa.

English + Horse Riding

Improve your English language skills and ride horses at our Equestrian Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. You can learn or improve any of the following skills:

  • Cross-country Riding
  • Horse Care
  • Feeding
  • Dressage
  • Show Jumping
  • Cross Country Riding

Our qualified riding instructors can teach you the basics or improve your riding skills if you are already experienced. Any level of riding ability is accepted. We have a variety of different horses to suit beginners to advanced riders.

Our professional facilities at Arion Riding Centre are designed to offer a quality equestrian experience to students in a safe environment. Horse Treks are also available.

  • Price: *same as above

English + Rugby Experience

For those who wish to enhance their learning with a rugby experience in New Zealand, the National Trade Academy, in conjunction with Total Rugby Ltd, can offer a variety of packages which include coaching sessions, fitness training, playing for a local rugby club, signed rugby memorabilia and a Total Rugby tracksuit.

There are three packages we offer for your rugby experience. The option you choose is combined with your English language tuition at the National Trade Academy.

  • Price: *same as above

Accommodation – *Homestay option:

  • Price includes: Single room, half-Board meal plan, bed linen, blankets.
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