New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) or (Wine Growing) (Level 5)

Progress your career by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the fruit production or wine grape production industries. Study online to complement your work in the industry and graduate with the skills to manage an orchard or vineyard.

For domestic students, our September 2022 intake will be funded until 31 December 2022 through the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) - this means your tuition fees are free until December and you'll just have to cover additional/living costs.

About the programme

Progress your career by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the fruit production or wine grape production industries.  

Designed for those already working in the horticulture and viticulture fields, this part-time programme is run at night so you can learn while continuing to develop your skills, and online so you can get qualified from anywhere. 

As well as being run outside work hours, classes are organised to accommodate the rhythms of the seasons so you can concentrate your energy where it's needed during peak times. 

When you enrol, you'll have the choice of two focus areas:

  • Fruit Production: stone fruit, pip fruit and berries (orchard)
  • Wine Growing: wine grapes (vineyard). 

Upon graduation, you'll be able to manage horticultural or viticultural operations to ensure fruit or wine grape quality requirements are met.

Part-time study

This programme is run part-time across three years, but may be completed sooner. Get in touch to talk through your options. 

Courses

Fruit Production focus
Course name Credits
Leadership in the Orchard 15
Fruit Crop Development and Quality 15
Weather and Fruit Crop Protection 15
Orchard Soils, Water and Nutrition Management 15
Orchard Crop Protection 15
Orchard Planning and Management 30
Industry Practice - Orchard 15
Total 120
Wine Growing focus
Course name Credits
Leadership in the Vineyard 15
Wine Grape Development and Quality 15
Weather and Wine Grape Protection 15
Vineyard Soils, Water and Nutrient Management 15
Vineyard Crop Protection 15
Industry Practice - Vineyard 15
Vineyard Planning and Management 30
Total 120

 

Block courses

All courses will be run in blocks for industry-based learners, and timed to avoid busy periods in the industry. 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 University and Massey University in New Zealand. 

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.