Otago Polytechnic

Orchard Canopy Management course


Central Otago

Ten days, 9.00am-3.00pm

On campus

10 & 12 June, 15-18 June, 22 July, 3 & 4 August 2020, plus one day in November TBC.
Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines.

This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

  • Training systems used in a range of fruit tree types
  • Pruning techniques and responses to pruning
  • Tools and equipment used in pruning
  • Health and safety in pruning

This is a nine-day course. For 2020 the dates are: 10 & 12 June, 15-18 June, 22 July, 3 & 4 Aug. Students also need to attend a day in November to learn practical thinning skills. (10 days in total). 

For more information

Please contact Jo.Wakelin@op.ac.nz or phone Central Campus on 0800 765 9276.

Materials and clothing

Please wear warm clothing suitable for learning in an outdoor environment. All materials and equipment are supplied for this course. 


A theory and practical assessment is part of the course and on completion, you will gain credits towards the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 (Fruit Production)   

To apply

Please click the apply button in the top right-hand corner of this webpage to begin the application process.

For help with applications, please contact Andrea.McKenzie@op.ac.nz 


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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