Level 5 Fruit Production

Progress your career in the national and international horticulture communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Your learning will be centred around sustainable growing principles, and you will gain plenty of invaluable work experience and industry contacts. You can study on campus or online and in your workplace.

About the programme

Progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. 

All of our teaching centres around sustainable growing principles and you will gain hands-on experience and industry contacts through professional work experience. In addition, our unrivalled Central Otago Campus practical horticulture facilities include a propagation nursery, hydroponics unit, modern glasshouses, 7-hectare crop production unit and vineyard.  

You can study this programme at our Cromwell Campus or online alongside working in the horticulture industry. 

Our July intake is only for the online, work-based programme.

Graduates will gain the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme part-time, studied over two to three years.



Course name Credits
Leadership and Relationship Management 15
Professional Work Experience  20
Capstone Project  30
Crop Development and Quality 15
Weather and Crop Protection 10
Soil and Water Dynamics 15
Pest, Diseases and Weeds  15
Total 120

Block courses

All the courses will be run in blocks for industry-based learners. Please email jason.barry@op.ac.nz for more information.

Further study options

Continue your learning with degree and postgraduate-level horticulture programmes at Lincoln and Massey Universities in New Zealand. 

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.


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.