Otago Polytechnic

Nursery and Fruit Production (two-year pathway for International students)

Location

Central Otago

Duration
2 years full time
Delivery

On campus, with hands-on training and work experience.

Credits
280
Level
3, 4 and 5
Start
February and July
Apply
until start date

Gain the essential skills and knowledge to be a horticulturist. Become a leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape industries.

We've put sustainable growing principles and practices at the core of this study pathway. You'll use the campus nursery, the hydroponics unit, and the ten-hectare Otago Polytechnic crop production facility where we grow wine grapes, stone fruit, pip fruit, olives, flowers and berries. You'll develop real-world skills and forge important industry relationships through professional work experience in Central Otago's extensive horticulture industry. 

Graduates of this international study pathway will receive the: 

  1. New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production)
  2. New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production) and
  3. New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

Please note: This pathway begins with the Level 3 certificate (this will display on the application form when you apply, and will be the focus of any enrolment information). You will need to successfully complete each level to move to the next.

Skills required
  • An enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An eye for detail.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. 
  • 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.
Additional documentation

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

Selection procedure

Applications will be processed in the order we receive them. If we receive more applications than there are places available, we will place applicants on a waiting list in the order that they applied.  

Additional costs

You must have clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors.

Programme-specific risks

We will advise all prospective students of the physical risks of the programme.

You will study

You will learn the techniques required to grow a wide range of nursery and fruit crops, including hydroponic herbs and vegetables, native plants, saffron, apples, apricots, wine grapes, figs, and cherries.

Your workload

You should expect to spend a minimum of 30 hours a week on this programme.

Year 2 courses will run in blocks, and the Capstone Project will run for the whole of Year 2. (You will direct your Capstone Project with supervision from a mentor or facilitator.)

Qualification structure
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture 
(Level 3) (Nursery Production)
70 credits

Course

Propagation

Plant Identification and Selection

Nursery Plant Care

Plant Science

Communication

Credits

15

15

15

15

10

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture 
Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production)
90 credits 

Course

Viticulture Canopy Management

Orchard Canopy Management

Soils and Water

Seasonal Tasks

Pests, Weeds and Agrichemicals

Machinery Tools and Equipment

Communication

Credits

15

15

15

10

15

10

10

New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture 
Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production)
120 credits 

Course

Leadership and Relationship Management

Professional Work Experience

Capstone Project

Crop Development and Quality

Weather and Crop Performance

Soil and Water Dynamics

Pests, Diseases and Weeds

Credits

15

15

30

15

15

15

15

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.

Disclaimer

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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