New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)

Develop your understanding of sustainable development in a land-based context. Learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins, native plants, composting and conservation. Meet the growing demand for people with knowledge in sustainability.

About the programme

Already keen on conserving our environment? 

Learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins, native plants, composting and conservation.

This programme is the ideal way to develop your sustainable practice to gain a better understanding of sustainable development in a land-based context…online! Within an interactive community of learners, you’ll be encouraged to share your growing experiences while gaining a range of practical and theoretical skills.   

The demand for people with skills in sustainability is steadily increasing and this qualification may lead to job opportunities in orchards and nurseries. With motivation and hard work, you may set your sights on self-employment or use this qualification as a springboard into further study.


This programme is made up of online modules to allow for self-paced study. The content of the online courses is delivered by a mix of practical activities, videos, notes and recommended readings. 

You will interact with other learners and lecturers via the online discussion groups and are encouraged to interact within your community of learners to share your growing experiences. You will need to pass one 10-credit and two 15-credit modules in order to complete the qualification. 

Course name Description Credits
Introduction to Sustainability It focuses on sustainability from a New Zealand perspective, highlighting vital issues for New Zealand. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your current practices and identify areas for change.  10
Native Plant Propagation Gain knowledge of native plants, explore eco-sourcing and propagation.  15
Riparian Planting Learn about the factors influencing waterway quality in New Zealand and explore the reasons and techniques for effective riparian planting. You will apply this learning to prepare a riparian planting plan.  15

Further study options

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have developed a range of practical and technical skills required in core areas of growing sustainably. You could expand your employment potential by studying the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) or our Level 3 and 4 Nursery and Fruit Production programme.  


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.