Otago Polytechnic

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 20 November, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

General and Amenity Horticulture programme

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, 2018
  • 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. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)* and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity)*

Landscape Construction and Amenity Horticulture programme

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

With your enjoyment of working outdoors, your planning and organisational skills and your eye for detail, why not get paid for doing what your love? This programme will give you the work-ready skills you need to enter the horticulture industry, focusing on the amenity and landscaping sectors. Field trips and work experience are integral to this programme. Graduates will achieve both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity)* and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Landscape Construction)*.

Nursery and Fruit Production programme

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • 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).

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 4)*

  • Central Otago
  • 3 semesters full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2018
  • Apply until start date

Passionate about sport? Love being outdoors? Why not combine the two and train to be a professional sports turf supervisor?

Arboriculture programme

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • 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. 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 programme

  • Central Otago
  • 1 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. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May & July
  • Apply anytime

Ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and gain management skills in horticulture. This is a great solution for those who wish to gain a qualification and develop their skills while in employment.

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Focus on the technical and supervisory skills required in the viticulture industry. This Diploma is ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and develop management skills while in employment.