Level 3 General and Amenity Horticulture

If you’re interested in horticulture but don't know where to start, this qualification will give you a great introduction to the industry. You'll learn about sustainable growing methods, permaculture, plant propagation, plant and soil science, and how to identify and grow healthy plants. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

About the programme

Do you want to enter the horticulture industry?

New Zealand’s diverse and robust horticulture and related industries have experienced steady growth over recent years and this looks set to continue in the future. This means that qualified and experienced horticulturalists are in demand across the country.

This programme will give you the work-ready skills needed to enter a range of sectors in the horticulture industry.

You'll learn about sustainable growing methods, permaculture, plant propagation, plant and soil science, and how to identify and grow healthy plants. In addition, this is combined with the opportunity to develop your skills in amenity horticulture (the care and maintenance of plants in parks and gardens). 

A mix of hands-on learning and theory, enjoy the chance to use our nursery facilities, permaculture garden, Living Campus grounds and other sites such as the beautiful, internationally-acclaimed Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Field trips and work experience are important parts of the programme; these will help you connect with those already working in this dynamic industry.

Graduates of this programme will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer part-time options for this programme - talk to us about what would suit you best!

Courses

Course name and description Credits

Plant and Soil Science (Understand and apply knowledge of plant and soil structure and processes in horticulture)

  • Describe plant structure and processes and apply these to the growing of plants.
  • Describe soil properties and processes and apply these to the growing of plants.

15

Plant Identification and Selection (Identify, describe, select and name plants in horticulture)

  • Identify and describe plants and their characteristics and uses.
  • Identify and apply plant naming conventions.
  • Select plants for use in specific horticulture contexts.

15

Plant Health (Identify and control a range of common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds in horticulture)

  • Identify and describe common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds in horticulture.
  • Describe and apply solutions to plant health problems in horticulture.

15

 

Sustainable Growing (Understand and apply the principles and practices of sustainable growing systems) 

  • Describe the features of natural systems.
  • Apply sustainable techniques to the growing of plants.

 15

 Communication (Work as effective team members in the horticulture sector) 

  • Cooperate and participate within a horticulture team.
  • Communicate effectively using a range of techniques.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to team members and colleagues.

 10

Health and Safety, Machinery and Lawn Care (Establish and maintain lawns, use machinery and apply health and safety procedures in horticulture)

  • Apply health and safety procedures in horticulture.
  • Use and maintain horticultural machinery and equipment. 
  • Establish and maintain amenity lawns.

 15

 

Plant Propagation (Propagate plants for use in amenity horticulture)

  • Apply a range of plant propagation techniques to the growing of amenity plants.
  • Select and use appropriate media for the propagation and growing of plants.
  • Maintain plant propagation records.

 15

 

Planting (Plant and establish plants in gardens and open spaces) 

  • Plant and establish a range of amenity plants in gardens and open spaces.
  • Plant and establish indigenous plant communities.

10

Maintenance of Amenity Areas (Care for, and maintain, parks and open spaces)

  • Develop, care for, and maintain amenity horticulture areas.

 20

Health and safety

There are a number of health and safety issues associated with the practical delivery of horticulture training. You will be advised of the physical risks and requirements of the programme either in person or by telephone before you enrol. You will be advised of the need to purchase the listed personal protective clothing and equipment and the reasons for this. 

Risks include injury to the body due to the physical nature of horticultural work (manual labour, lifting, bending, uneven terrain, falls from working at heights, eyesight) and from using sharp tools and equipment (secateurs, hand saws, spades, lawnmowers) and small machinery. There is a risk from poisonous plants, insect stings, the physical environment (excessive heat or cold, wet weather), working in isolation, chemical handling (limited) and machinery noise. 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.