- An enjoyment of working outdoors
- Physical fitness
- Planning and organisational skills
- Good communication skills
- An eye for detail.
- There are no academic entry requirements. However, we prefer applicants to hold the National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) OR equivalent qualifications/experience.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.
- If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).
Applications will be processed as they are received. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be placed on to a waiting list in the order that they applied.
You will be required to have your own steel toecap boots ($100-$150) and secateurs ($40-$90). The cost of textbooks and equipment will vary depending on the modules chosen.
Further study options
Programme specific risks
Risks include injury to the body due to the physical nature of horticultural work (manual labour, lifting, bending, working at heights, eyesight) and from using sharp tools (secateurs, saws, spades, lawn mowers etc.) and machinery. There is a risk from poisonous plants, insect stings, the physical environment (excessive heat or cold, wet weather), working in isolation, chemical handling (limited on this programme) and machinery noise.
You will study
The subjects in this advanced programme will be drawn from the areas of Amenity Horticulture, Landscape, Nursery Production and Production Horticulture depending on your individual study programme. Subjects may include pruning, landscape construction, landscape site analysis, soil studies, tree planting, gardening techniques, re-vegetation studies, plant propagation, pest, disease and weed control, plant identification and organics.
You are expected to attend classes three to four days a week and then to spend one to two days per week focused on self-directed study.
This qualification does not have a set delivery schedule as the study schedule is flexible and designed to fit with your specific area of interest.
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.