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Level 3 Nursery Production (industry-based)


Online and in your workplace

One to two years part-time
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Distance
    18 January 2021
    5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021

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. 

Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

Skills required
  • An enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An eye for detail.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry.

This programme is not available to international students.   

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.


You will study

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).
Your workload

You should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on this programme.

Further study options
Student loans with TTAF

The Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. 

You also need a laptop or device to study this programme online. The fund will not cover this cost. You can either pay for this yourself or apply for a student loan (course-related cost component) through Studylink.      

It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


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.

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