2018 domestic fees (indicative)
- An enjoyment of working outdoors
- Physical fitness
- Planning and organisational skills
- Good communication skills
- An eye for detail.
- National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) OR equivalent qualifications/experience.
- You must have access to the internet.
- If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0 (writing and speaking score no less than 6.0 and reading and listening bands no less than 5.5).
International students are subject to specific immigration regulations.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and curriculum vitae.
Professional judgement of academic staff will be used to determine those applicants who meet the entry criteria. All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be accepted for the programme.
Some texts are recommended and these will cost approximately $150. It is recommended that you have a laptop computer to access study material.
Further study options
Continue your learning with degree and postgraduate-level horticulture programmes at Lincoln and Massey Universities in New Zealand.
You will study
This programme focuses on the technical and management skills required in the horticulture industry. You will develop your project skills by moving from directed to self-directed learning during the programme.
Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) course examples
Weather and climate management
Soil and fertility management
Pest, disease and disorder management
Sustainable production and organic certification
Horticulture organisations and geography
Elective 1 Horticulture production planning OR Overseas study review
Elective 2 Landscape and nursery management OR Fruit crop production and packhouse operations OR Amenity horticulture
If you choose to study online (domestic students ONLY), we will support your learning by providing:
- Programme planning support from our programme coordinator
- Regular coordinator support through email, phone and workplace visits
- Comprehensive resource packs
- Block courses for some modules (one/two per year)
- Library resources.
This programme is flexible to meet your needs and we will help you to plan a path of study and a timetable. Extensive workplace experience is needed to meet the requirements of the Practical Horticulture module. Case studies are often used to apply knowledge to real situations.
Programme specific risks
All prospective students are advised of the physical risks and requirements of the programme.
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. 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.
Recognition of prior learning
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.