Otago Polytechnic

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)


Central Otago

20 November, 2017 - 28 May, 2018

On campus and at a local cherry orchard and vineyards

60 (Horticulture); 15 (English language)
20 November, 2017
PLUS a 15-credit English course

Earn while you learn in beautiful Central Otago. 

This programme allows you to improve your English language skills while you learn about the horticulture and/or the New Zealand wine-making industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

The programme content is formed from key units of learning used throughout the New Zealand horticulture/viticulture industry. This means that you will be well-prepared to work as the skills you gain are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

Late November to mid-December: You will take part in English language classes and study horticulture.

Mid-December to late January: Gain hands-on experience harvesting cherries.  

Late January to late March: Resume your English and horticulture studies.

Late March to late April: Gain hands-on experience harvesting grapes. 

Please note: All certificate and diploma horticulture and viticulture qualifications are currently being reviewed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Qualification titles and content may be altered as a result of the review but any changes will be introduced and communicated over a transitional period so that there is minimal impact on students. 

Entry requirements

This programme has open entry. You must supply us with certified proof of identity. 

You will study
Horticulture and/or Viticulture

You will study a range of different horticulture/viticulture units. These will help you to gain an understanding of both theoretical and practical topics. 

English language

Develop your English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skills during this class. You will gain knowledge across a small range of topics relating to community services and resources, including some aspects of employment and education. The content will be tailored to suit your needs and may include topics such as recreation, sustainability, festivals or employment. 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2) and will receive a Record of Achievement for the 15-credit English course. 

Programme timetable
2017 Dates Description

9.00am-12.00pm Daily English Class
1.00pm-3.00pm Horticulture or Viticulture class

20 November to mid-December 

Welcome and orientation tour
Discover New Zealand
Preparation for work

Mid-December to late January

 Work harvesting cherries. You may earn a minimum of NZ$4000 ** during this time.

February-late March

English and Horticulture/Viticulture class


 Work harvesting grapes. You may earn a minimum of NZ$3000 ** during this time.

Early May

 Monday-Friday English and Horticulture/Viticulture class

25 May

 Graduation and farewell

**Please note: Earnings may vary as work is weather/climate dependent. Work dates may vary according to weather/climate. 


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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