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New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills in (Horticulture) (Level 2)

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On-Campus, Online

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12 weeks

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This qualification is designed to deliver an insight into the world of Horticulture. It is a qualification with an emphasis on the general skills essential for people working in or wanting to work in the agriculture or horticulture industry. The aim of the qualification is to provide a sound basis for further education and training and will suit either school leavers and learners new to training. This course offers students the opportunity to up skill in their current work place, gain entry into either the horticulture or agriculture workforce or provide the knowledge and practical experience to create your own opportunities from home.


This qualification is not a prerequisite for higher level national certificates, however, the higher level certificates do build on the skills and knowledge recognised by this qualification. Learners may pathway to further study to achieve the following qualifications:

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) Level 3 • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) Level 3


Learners will benefit by gaining recognition of their skills and entry into a training pathway leading to a range of careers in the primary sector including but not limited to the following; Pruner, harvester, pack house hand, relief milker, junior farm assistant, turf labourer, orchard worker, vineyard hand, assistant gardener or nursery worker. Graduates will be capable of working under supervision.

Entry criteria

Age: Minimum age of 18 years old or turning 18 prior to the end of the programme.

Academic: Open entry with an agricultural background or an interest in agriculture in their own country

If English is not their first language, applicants must, prior to enrolment, sit an English language test to satisfy the Academy that the student can successfully complete the course.

In the event of the number of applicants exceeding the maximum number of students (14 students) on this course, students will at their request be:

waitlisted for the current course (should a pre-course withdrawal occur) and/or -
transferred to the list for the next available course or
withdrawn from the application process

Qualification Sequence, Pre-& Co-requisites and Integrated Delivery

There are no pre-requisites for this qualification, however, there may be unit standards that are chosen that have pre-requisites.

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