Otago Polytechnic

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 20 November, 2017
  • 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.

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by December*

Become a greenkeeper or groundkeeper by enrolling in New Zealand’s only full-time sports turf programme, which incorporates an internship at a top sporting venue in New Zealand or Australia. From 2018, this programme name will change to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 4)^ and the qualification will be worth 185 credits. In addition, we will be offering learners the option to also complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 5)^ worth 70 credits. ^subject to final approval

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July 2017
  • 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.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Landscape Construction or Sustainable Horticulture

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Gain an excellent understanding of horticulture and undertake a mix of practical and theoretical training. Focus on the speciality of your choice: Landscape Construction or Sustainable Horticulture. Online learning may be possible depending on your choice of options.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Enjoy a balance of theoretical and practical studies, making use of our campus nursery, hydroponics unit, vineyard and crop production facility. Paid work experience opportunities are available.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Become a tree surgeon through studying arboriculture - a specialised field involving pruning, felling, transplanting and maintaining the health of trees and shrubs. Four weeks of work experience incorporated.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Level 4) Amenity Horticulture, Landscape or Nursery Production

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Further develop your theoretical and practical skills around the technical and operational demands of the horticulture industry. Extensive learning within an industry sector is incorporated.

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May & July
  • Apply anytime

Ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and gain management skills in horticulture. This is a great solution for those who wish to gain a qualification and develop their skills while in employment.

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Focus on the technical and supervisory skills required in the viticulture industry. This Diploma is ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and develop management skills while in employment.