Course Overview

Start a fulfilling career in the rapidly changing modern horticulture industry!

Learn the science behind growing great food and creating amazing outdoor living spaces. Get your hands dirty while growing a landscape that provides nourishment for mind, body and soul.

You’ll also learn to operate tractors, quad bikes and other horticultural machinery , while developing versatile practical skills, including fencing, irrigation , general repairs and the maintenance of structures and small machinery. 

After graduating, you’ll be able to build a career creating recreational spaces that are critical to our cities’ health and wellbeing, or join a production team that helps feed the world by producing quality fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds, flowers and trees.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3).
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2023 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 105
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $5,981 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • On completion of this course, graduates can pursue assistant or general hand roles in the primary industry sector, or undertake further study in agriculture, horticulture or other primary industry-related disciplines.

Topics you'll cover

  • Optimising Plant Growth
  • Introduction to Horticulture Design and Plant Selection
  • Horticulture Pests, Diseases and Weeds
  • Plant Propagation and Nursery Systems
  • Horticulture Project Maintenance
  • Primary Industry Infrastructure Maintenance and Hazard Management
  • Introduction to Agri-vehicles

Select one of the following electives:

  • Chainsaw Safety, Servicing and Use
  • Small Engine Equipment: Servicing, Maintenance and Use
  • Tractor Powered equipment

Plus one elective from:

  • Operating Tractors
  • Operating Quad Bikes
  • Operating Light Utility Vehicles
  • Operating Farm Motorcycles
  • Operating Elevated Platform Vehicle in Horticulture

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $5,981 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Waipā Campus 17 Jul 2023 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Jul 2023 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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