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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) - Te P?kenga
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New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills - Sustainable Horticulture (Level 2)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



40 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Mar 2024


Marlborough Campus


From garden to plate, you too can feed your wh?nau, save on your budget and enjoy the delicious taste of organic home-grown success.

You will learn basic gardening techniques from seed germination to growing and harvesting, how to set up a vegetable garden, and how to plant and manage fruit trees. Organic practises will form an integral part of this programme, and you'll also learn how to feed your plants and soil, make natural fertilisers, prune fruit trees, and more!

It doesn't matter if growing vegetables and fruit trees are all new to you. Your friendly tutor will guide you at your own pace so that you can enjoy getting your hands in the dirt and understand the simple ways to grow your own food. Our approach will look at sustainable methods focusing on water management, soil care and garden ecosystems.

You will cover the following three courses over six months; each will run for two months with a break in between, and you will need to do 4 hours a week in a work placement.

Vegetable gardening
Horticultural practises
Home orchard growing with a focus on fruit and trees

As part of this programme, you will also learn safe work practices and basic first aid. Handy for home or if you want to work in the horticulture industry.

Your study pathway

Upon graduating, you can continue learning with the following free programme, the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General), Level 3. It's a great way to build your understanding further and could set you up for a job or take your garden to the next level.

Entry criteria

This programme has no academic or English language requirements.

Physical requirements

Applicants must be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

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