Otago Polytechnic

Level 5 Fruit Production


Central Otago or online with block courses.

International students must study on campus.

One year full-time; part-time options
February and July
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    22 July 2019
    2 December 2019 - 17 February 2020
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
    9 April 2020 - 27 April 2020
  • Distance
    22 July 2019
    2 December 2019 - 14 February 2020
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
    12 April 2020 - 25 April 2020
  • Central Otago
    17 February 2020
    29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
    12 April 2020 - 25 April 2020
    28 September 2020 - 9 October 2020
  • Distance
    1 February 2020
    13 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
    12 April 2020 - 25 April 2020
    28 September 2020 - 9 October 2020
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.   

All of our teaching centres around sustainable growing principles and you will gain hands-on experience and industry contacts through professional work experience. In addition, our unrivalled Central Otago Campus practical horticulture facilities include a propagation nursery, hydroponics unit, modern glasshouses, 7-hectare crop production unit and vineyard.  

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

For more information about this programme, please email the Programme Manager, jason.barry@op.ac.nz

Skills required
  • An enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An eye for detail.
Entry requirements 
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) OR equivalent.   
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

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

Additional documentation

You need to provide academic records, proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

Applications will be processed as they are received. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order that they applied.  

Additional costs

You must have clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors.

Your workload

You should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week on this programme. 

Course names 
Course name Credits
Leadership and Relationship Management 15
Professional Work Experience  20
Capstone Project  30
Crop Development and Quality 15
Weather and Crop Performance 10
Soil and Water Dynamics 15
Pest, Diseases and Weeds  15
Total 120
Block courses

All the courses will be run in blocks for industry-based students. This applies to full-time students also, with the exception of the Capstone Course which will be completed over two semesters (February-November or July-June). 

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 and Massey Universities in New Zealand.

Student loans/allowances

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

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.


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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