Course Overview

This horticultural qualification is designed for people who are currently working in the horticulture industry and want to develop specific skills in fruit production. 

This course is ideally suited to people who have a permanent position in the fruit production sector within the Bay of Plenty. Gain specific knowledge and skills in production growing and harvesting practices and processes, using a range of technologies to support your learning in the classroom and in the field. 

It is designed to match the seasonal production cycle. You'll learn to work safely and effectively under limited supervision, with responsibility for your work. Work your way up to an Orchard Manager position by continuing your study with the level 4 and 5 courses available.   

Upon successfully completing the requirements you will receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 3)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Jun 2024 View more details
Study options

1 year part-time

Total credits 75
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $867 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Orchard Supervisor
  • Contractor
  • Orchard Technician
  • Team leader
  • Research technician
  • Orchard leasing
  • Trainee Manager

Topics you'll cover

  • Teamwork and Communication in the Horticulture Industry
  • Fruit Crop Harvesting
  • Winter Pruning and Training Fruit Crops
  • Fruit Crop Pollination and Thinning
  • Summer Pruning Fruit Crops
  • Fruit Crop Husbandry

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $867 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

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

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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.

Other Considerations

Due to health and safety factors, and resourcing constraints, limitations may be placed on the number of students that can be accepted on the course.

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
Tauranga Windermere Campus 24 Jun 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 7 Oct 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year part-time

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (under development and/or pending approval)