Facilitation Training

Why RMPP are investing in upskilling our farmers and rural professionals

The Challenge

Over the past 30 years the sheep and beef sector has made big leaps in productivity.  Some of these gains can be attributed to participation in discussion groups, farmer field days, information on industry websites and the range of other ways farmers get their ideas and advice.

However, as farmers face more complex issues and we explore more about how farmers learn, it’s clear those providing support services need to improve their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. It is these conversations and support that are critical to help farmers:

  • feel confident in a decision they are about to make on-farm
  • own their own solutions to problems, and
  • grow their knowledge on a subject and apply the new learning to their own situation.

The Solution

RMPP is running three facilitation courses which are critical to improving skills for both rural professionals and farmers looking at leadership roles in their communities.   These three courses are:

1. Facilitation Support Training (1 day workshop)

This gives farmers the skills to help a Lead Facilitator at field days and seminars, by running small group activities in break-out sessions.

2. Lead Facilitator Training (2 day workshop)

This provides rural professionals with insights into how farmer's learn and how to facilitate learning and build farmer confidence to increase practise change on-farm.

3. RMPP Action Network Fundamentals and Extension Design (2 day workshop)

For rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under RMPP Action Network.  The training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply this to their own business.

This gives farmers the skills to help a Lead Facilitator at field days and seminars, by running small group activities in break-out sessions.

Provides rural professionals with insights into how farmers learn, how to facilitate learning and build farmer confidence to increase practice change on farm.

Trains rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under the new RMPP Action Network.  The training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply the learning to their own business. 

“I’ve been a facilitator at field days and seminars for a number of years as part of my farm consultancy role.  I wasn’t sure what value I would get out of facilitator training. However, these new courses really challenged me to reflect on my facilitation style. I now have a number of new tools to use when facilitating farmer discussions and groups that will add value to both their business and mine. It was a great chance to get some formal facilitation training after many years of learning on the run.”   

Stephen Thomson, Consultant, AgFirst

Course Dates and Locations

To register to attend a course, go to the top of this page and click 'Register to attend'

Course 2: Lead Facilitator training – next courses confirmed for:

  • 25 & 26 September – Wellington – fully booked
  • 18 & 19 October – Feilding – limited places left
  • 1 & 2 November – Hamilton
  • 20 & 21 November – Dunedin
  • 5-6 December - Christchurch or Wellington (TBC)


Course 3: Action Network Fundamentals & Extension Design
(for pre-approved Action Network Connectors & Facilitators only)
- November – Wellington
- November - TBC
Please note these courses take a maximum of 16 attendees per course.

Course cost
No course fees; attendees are required to pay for their own travel and accommodation.