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New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Central Otago Campus


Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation with this hands-on programme.

Employment opportunities are extremely diverse in this industry and, with motivation and hard work, you may find yourself working as an irrigation technician, fruit grower, plant propagator, vineyard supervisor or even at the head of your own business!

Successful graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

This qualification is a 50-50 mix of theoretical and practical studies and you will make use of the campus nursery, hydroponics unit and the ten-hectare Otago Polytechnic crop production facility where wine grapes, stone fruit, pipfruit, olives, flowers and berries are grown. You will also undertake work experience within Central Otago's extensive horticulture industry, enabling you to develop real-world skills and forge important relationships.
Skills required:

  • An enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An eye for detail.

Further study options:

Advance your knowledge with the Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production). Horticulture may also be studied at degree-level in New Zealand.

Entry criteria

Open entry.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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