Otago Polytechnic

Train the trainer

  • Central Otago
  • 13 weeks
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

This programme has been developed specifically for international students to develop their skills in delivering horticulture training and to gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand horticulture industry.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts 21 February, 21 March, 11 April, 16 May, 13 June, 18 July, 15 August, 12 September, 17 October, 14 November, 5 December 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

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.

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply until start date

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Propagation short course

  • Central Otago
  • Various durations*
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators. Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants.

OSTC Primary Industries (Level 2)

  • Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

If you love the natural environment and like the idea of working outdoors with plants, animals and machinery, then primary industries could be your dream career. You’ll be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industries Skills (Level 2).