Train as an AB Technician

We train more than 100 new AB technicians every year. You’ll need to complete a two-week training course, then spend a year as an apprentice, working alongside an experienced technician, before you can start working on your own.

Each year our seasonal artificial breeding (AB) technician’s carry out around 4.2 million inseminations in the national dairy herd, ensuring the arrival of the next generation of cows. It’s a crucial part of protecting New Zealand’s status as a premium producer of milk and meat.

Join us this season

LIC has trained AB technicians for more than 70 years and we are super proud of their contribution to our business and the dairy industry over that time.

Our technicians come from all walks of life, sharing our passion for empowering livestock farmers.

Each year we aim to train 100 new technicians through completing our exclusive 12-month apprenticeship programme. If this sounds like you, please register your interest from 1 October 2021 when applications open for our 2022 intake.

What’s involved?

Applications open in October and interviews take place from late February after we finish our spring mating duties. Applicants that have successfully interviewed will need to pay the training fee of $899 (plus GST) before being accepted for our training course.

The fee covers participation in our exclusive 12-month apprenticeship programme involving on the ground training and four national unit standards administered by Primary ITO (a nationally recognised training organisation).

Once you have successfully passed our full apprentice training, you will be eligible for a refund on your training fee as part of the Government’s apprenticeship programmes.

Our training course take place at six training sites across New Zealand between the months of February and May.

Do you have?

  • The right to work in New Zealand
  • An affinity with animals
  • Good communication skills
  • A connection or interest in the dairy industry with a customer focus
  • Basic computer literacy (e.g. can you operate a smartphone and iPad)
  • Strong attention to detail for accurate recording of breeding information
  • A driver’s licence.

Find out more

Come and join our team of 900 LIC AB technicians. Our training provides a firm foundation for not only working as a seasonal AB technician with LIC, it also opens up the possibility of other seasonal or part-time roles in New Zealand’s growing agriculture sector.

LIC AB Technician training

Full course - 2 weeks


DIY insemination training

DIY full course - 1 week


DIY refresher training - 1 day


Train to be an AB tech with us

If you are passionate about dairy farming, we'd love to have you join our team.

Apply on our careers website

Train to be an AB tech with us

If you are passionate about dairy farming, we'd love to have you join our team.

Apply on our careers website