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.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)*

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time in combination with the NZCH (Amenity) (L3)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Do you love working outdoors and want a green career? This industry-standard qualification provides learners with a mix of theory and practical knowledge of plants, growing systems and environments that relate to a range of horticulture sectors.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Amenity) (Landscape Construction) (Level 3)*

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time in combination with either the NZCH (Landscape Construction)(L3) or the NZCH (General)(L3)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Do you love working outdoors and want a green career? This industry-standard qualification provides learners with a mix of theory and practical knowledge relating to the care of parks, gardens and open spaces.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3)*

  • Central Otago
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • 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!

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 4)*

  • Central Otago
  • 6 months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Get the skills and knowledge you need to work in the fruit production industry. Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love!

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?

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Arboriculture) (Levels 3 & 4)*

  • Dunedin
  • One year* full-time (combining the two arboriculture qualifications) *duration subject to confirmation
  • Level 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.

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by December*

Become a greenkeeper or groundkeeper by enrolling in New Zealand’s only full-time sports turf programme, which incorporates an internship at a top sporting venue in New Zealand or Australia. From 2018, this programme name will change to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 4)^ and the qualification will be worth 185 credits. In addition, we will be offering learners the option to also complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 5)^ worth 70 credits. ^subject to final approval

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July 2017
  • 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.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Landscape Construction or Sustainable Horticulture

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Gain an excellent understanding of horticulture and undertake a mix of practical and theoretical training. Focus on the speciality of your choice: Landscape Construction or Sustainable Horticulture. Online learning may be possible depending on your choice of options.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Enjoy a balance of theoretical and practical studies, making use of our campus nursery, hydroponics unit, vineyard and crop production facility. Paid work experience opportunities are available.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Become a tree surgeon through studying arboriculture - a specialised field involving pruning, felling, transplanting and maintaining the health of trees and shrubs. Four weeks of work experience incorporated.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Level 4) Amenity Horticulture, Landscape or Nursery Production

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

Further develop your theoretical and practical skills around the technical and operational demands of the horticulture industry. Extensive learning within an industry sector is incorporated.

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.