Institute of Technology or PolytechnicNelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
This course is available
Level of Study
60 credit hours
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
If you like working outdoors, love variety and don't want to work in an office, this programme is for you, and offers skills to work outdoors while learning the feeling of accomplishment by growing things well.
You will learn about soils and how best to manage them to improve your growing, and how to identify and understand pests and diseases and their management.
We also have regular field trips to local growers to apply practical skills.
The Nelson programme is taught at the Richmond campus where this is an onsite garden, propagation house and amenity plantings.
The Marlborough programme is taught on the Budge Street campus where these is a shade house and a propagation house.
With the knowledge you learn on this programme, get work in the horticulture industry, go on to study at level 4 or you can put it into practice on your own land or business, if you are a small block owner.
Career opportunities and pathways
This qualification can lead onto Level 4 study in horticulture or employment in a range of horticultural enterprises.
Work can be at a wide range of levels and in different areas such as the amenity, orchard, vegetable and flower industries or nursery sector.
Positions can be seasonal to permanent. They can include nursery propagator, horticultural consultant, crop manager, cool store manager or science technician.
You could be supervising workers or leading teams or self employed growing your own crops.
The programme is also suitable for small block owners and learners wishing to gain knowledge in horticultural science in a range of general horticulture growing systems and practices for their own businesses.
The horticultural industry is growing and exciting, with a lot of potential to match your passion and enthusiasm.
Flexible online intake dates every 8 weeks
No minimum academic requirements.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.
IELTS 5.0 Academic (no lower than 5 in any subtest).
Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.