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APICULTURE

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

  • Online with block courses in Akaroa, Ashburton, Blenheim, Cromwell, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Hokitika, New Plymouth, North Auckland, Ohoka, Springston, Tauranga, Timaru, Wakefield, Whakatane and Whangarei
  • Part-time (September to May)
  • Level 3
  • Starts 3 September 2021
  • Apply now

Want to learn more about beekeeping? Apiculture is one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries and there is a high demand for this skill. Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Cromwell, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, North Auckland, Ohoka, Tauranga, Wakefield and Whangarei
  • 9 months part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts 5 September 2021
  • Apply by 31 August 2021

This programme will enable you to operate as a Leading Hand in a commercial operation or to run your own commercial operation. Offered through a unique blended delivery model, this qualification is for people who are single source, comb, or medical grade manuka honey producers, pollination service providers or self-marketing producers. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). By successfully achieving both the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4), you will have completed the apprenticeship scheme endorsed by Apiculture NZ.

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing) (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Cromwell, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, North Auckland, New Plymouth, Ohoka, Tauranga, Wakefield and Whangarei
  • Part-time (September-May)
  • Level 4
  • Starts 24 August 2021
  • Apply 31 August

Want to gain the skills and knowledge to rear queen bees? Otago Polytechnic is the only tertiary provider who offers this industry-recognised training pathway that will enable you to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen rearing operation. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Graduates will be able to work independently and could supervise others.

ARBORICULTURE

Level 3 and 4 Arboriculture (on campus)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Work outdoors and enjoy a hands-on, physical job. Arborists are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. This industry-standard qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights including tree removal. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Arboriculture) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Arboriculture).

HIGH COUNTRY FARMING

Level 3 High Country Farming (on campus)

  • Central Otago
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) (Infrastructure).

HORTICULTURE: GENERAL AND AMENITY

Level 3 General and Amenity Horticulture (on campus)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Do you want to enter the horticulture industry? This qualification will give you the work-ready skills needed to do just this in a range of sectors. Field trips and work experience are a key part of this programme. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Level 3 General Horticulture (online)

  • Online
  • One semester full-time; one year part-time (part-time option only available for February intake)
  • Level 3
  • Starts July 2021
  • Apply anytime

Whether you enjoy gardening, want to grow food for the family or are already working in the horticulture industry and need to understand the horticultural science which underpins the growing of horticultural crops, this fully-supported online programme is perfect for you. It provides a great pathway into further study and careers in the horticulture industry such as orchards, vineyards, plant nurseries and garden centres. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).

Level 4 Amenity Horticulture (on campus or industry-based)

  • Dunedin on campus or alongside employment in the amenity sector
  • One year full-time (on campus); two to three years part-time (industry-based)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2022 (on campus); anytime (industry-based)
  • Apply January 2022 (on campus); anytime (industry-based)

Want to improve your amenity horticulture skills? This programme is ideal for those who want to build on Level 3 Amenity Horticulture learning or those who are working in the amenity sector, have existing experience and want to gain a relevant qualification and increase their supervisory skills. You can study full-time on campus or part-time alongside employment in industry – those studying on campus will also undertake four weeks of work placement (within Dunedin). Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Career opportunities for graduates include an amenity gardener, collection curator, grounds person or amenity horticulture.

NURSERY AND FRUIT PRODUCTION

Level 3 and 4 Nursery and Fruit Production (on campus)

  • Central Otago
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Looking for a way to transform your enjoyment of working outdoors into a career? Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love! This programme combines both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4). Plus, it's free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).

Level 3 Nursery Production (industry-based)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • Two to three years part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

Level 4 Fruit Production (industry-based)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • Two to three years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

Level 5 Fruit Production (online in your workplace)

  • Online and in your work place
  • 2 - 3 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts anytime throughout the year
  • Apply anytime

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. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) with a context in Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 17 weeks full-time
  • Starts August - November 2022 (possibly 2023 depending on Covid-19)
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows you to get hands-on experience working in either fruit production, viticulture or dairy farming. Your learning is supported by industry who recognise the importance of a practically-skilled workforce. This means that you will be well-prepared to work as the knowledge and skills you gain are industry-relevant and up-to-date.  

LAND SKILLS

Certificate in Land Skills (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • 9 weeks full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts May, July and October
  • Apply anytime

Looking for a way to get some practical learning and increase your chances of getting a job? This programme has a great mix of study and hands-on learning. It will give you the skills you need to work in farming, horticulture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas. You’ll do practical workshops, 150 hours of work experience, volunteer in the community and build your skills in reading, writing, maths, computing and using Te Reo.

SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT

Level 4 Sports Turf (on campus)

  • Central Otago
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This is the only full-time sports turf programme on offer in New Zealand and you will benefit from our close proximity to world-class sporting venues. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Sports Turf).

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE

New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)

  • Online
  • 15 weeks (including two vacation weeks)
  • Level 3
  • Starts August 2021
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Already keen on conserving our environment? Learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water and riparian planting. Within an interactive community of online learners, you’ll be encouraged to share your growing experiences while gaining a range of practical and theoretical skills. The demand for people with skills in sustainable food production is steadily increasing and this qualification may lead to job opportunities in orchards and nurseries. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Please note: this programme is not available to international students.

Te Whakamahi Whenua (Level 3)

  • Kokiri Training Centre, 51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin
  • Twenty weeks full time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Are you interested in Mahika Kai? Do you have some experience with traditional food production and harvesting? Graduates of this certificate will have the skills and knowledge to contribute to future Mahinga Kai development of whānau, hapū, iwi, and communities. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).