Otago Polytechnic

Natural Sciences


People who care for plants and animals have the best jobs in the world! Have a dream career working outside as a horticulturalist or sports turf manager, or caring for animals as a veterinary nurse or working with livestock in the farming industry.

 

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HORTICULTURE

Arboriculture programme (Level 3) and (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Work outdoors and enjoy a hands-on, physical job. Arborists are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. This industry-standard qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights including tree removal. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Arboriculture) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Arboriculture).

Fruit Production online programme (Level 4)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

Fruit Production programme (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (International students must study on campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Replacing our Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) and Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) from 2019, this programme will enable you to 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. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

General and Amenity Horticulture programme (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Do you want to enter the horticulture industry? This qualification will give you the work-ready skills needed to do just this in a range of sectors. Field trips and work experience are a key part of this programme. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

High country farming programme (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply until start date

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.

Landscape Construction and Amenity Horticulture programme (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

With your enjoyment of working outdoors, your planning and organisational skills and your eye for detail, why not get paid for doing what your love? This programme will give you the work-ready skills you need to enter the horticulture industry, focusing on the amenity and landscaping sectors. Field trips and work experience are integral to this programme. Graduates will achieve both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

  • Central Otago (for international students only)
  • 26 weeks
  • Starts November
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

Nursery and Fruit Production programme (Level 3) and (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Looking for a way to transform your enjoyment of working outdoors into a career? Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love! This programme combines both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4).

Nursery Production online programme (Level 3)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

OSTC Primary Industries (Level 2)

  • Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

If you love the natural environment and like the idea of working outdoors with plants, animals and machinery, then primary industries could be your dream career. You’ll be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industries Skills (Level 2).

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Propagation short course

  • Central Otago
  • Various durations*
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators. Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

Sports Turf programme (Level 4)

  • Central Otago or Pukekohe Golf Club* in Auckland (through Future Skills Academy)
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

This is the only full-time sports turf programme on offer in New Zealand and you will benefit from our close proximity to world-class sporting venues. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Sports Turf). *location subject to final approval

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts 21 February, 21 March, 11 April, 16 May, 13 June, 18 July, 15 August, 12 September, 17 October, 14 November, 5 December 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Train the trainer

  • Central Otago
  • 13 weeks
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

This programme has been developed specifically for international students to develop their skills in delivering horticulture training and to gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand horticulture industry.

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VETERINARY NURSING

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when they "smile" and use other facial expressions.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible.
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Feb (full-time, part-time, distance) or July (full-time, distance)
  • Apply now

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician)

  • Distance with block courses in Dunedin or Wairarapa and work experience
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Attain the sought-after skills of a rural veterinary nurse and technician. You will be able to work with veterinarians and clients, undertake technical tasks and manage and monitor rural reproductive and preventative health programmes.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

  • Dunedin or by distance with block courses
  • 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Level 5
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on-campus, and part-time distance)
  • Apply now

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Do you want to prepare for a career as a Veterinary Nurse? This qualification will give you the skills required for a successful career in companion animal healthcare. It will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. In addition, it will also enable you to then enter the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Nurse.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on campus, and part-time distance options)
  • Apply now

Gain the advanced skills to make sound, independent decisions about veterinary nursing for animal patients and become adept at supporting their owners. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse (which may potentially progress to a head veterinary nurse or a practice manager role) or within animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education with additional training.

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FARMING

High country farming programme (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).