Otago Polytechnic

Introductory Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Starts monthly from 14 February, 2017
  • Apply anytime

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

Introduction to Viticulture short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days
  • Starts 18-22 September 2017
  • Apply anytime

Among other topics, you will undertake look at a brief history of viticulture with particular emphasis on grape growing for wine. You will also examine grape growing world-wide, with a more detailed study of the industry in New Zealand.

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts Monday 3 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Develop your skills in a range of drawing techniques that can be used to communicate landscape design ideas on paper.

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts Monday 10 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This course will stimulate your imagination and creative abilities. You will design and draw a landscape plan from start to finish.

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 26 & 27 August 2017
  • 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.

Quad bike safety short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts - on demand
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for riding quads. Much of the course is dedicated to riding skills and safety techniques.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 1 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

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

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 17 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to graft and bud fruit trees for domestic or commercial trees. Discover how to change your single variety of fruit tree into one with four, five or more varieties of fruit on the same tree.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 19 June 2017
  • Apply anytime

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

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 22 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn what is required to become a fully-certified organic property. This includes information about the certifying agencies, how to become certified and what you may need to consider to gain full organic status.

Pests and diseases short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Gain a good understanding of what the key pests, diseases and disorders that adversely affect growing and production are and learn how to manage them.

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2018
  • Apply anytime

Gain a useful understanding of plant naming and apply this when learning to identify a range of trees, shrubs and native plants grown locally.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 8 June, 2017
  • 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.

Soils short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Gain a thorough understanding of how soils store nutrients and water, and the interaction and use of these by plants. Learn about soil testing and fertility planning.

Tractor skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts - on demand
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for driving and using tractors.

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.

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 15 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn key concepts related to weather, climate and frost. Gain a grower’s interpretation of frost control and the specific techniques needed to manage frost when growing crops.

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 28 August, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn to identify weeds common to the Central Otago region and understand the range of methods of weed prevention and control.