New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) - work based

If you’re already employed in the nursery production industry, this programme is for you. Enjoy a 50/50 mix of theory and practical learning and study online while using your workplace as a setting in which to practise your developing skills.

About the programme

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work.

A 50/50 mix of theoretical and practical studies, this programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry to undertake it.

It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upskill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. 

This programme is studied part-time for 20 weeks over two to three years.

Graduates will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).


This programme is based in your workplace with regular visits from your programme facilitator. You will also have the opportunity to attend some block courses at the Central Campus. You will build your experience and knowledge of the techniques required to propagate and grow commercial nursery crops, as well as identifying, naming and selecting plants for a range of sites. The courses in this programme include:

  • Communication (10 credits)
  • Nursery Plant Care (15 credits)
  • Plant Identification and Selection (15 credits)
  • Propagation (15 credits)
  • Plant Science (15 credits)

Further study options

Advance your knowledge with our online New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).  

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and 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.