A Nursery qualification from Otago Polytechnic will further build on your current horticulture skills, with a focus on growing plants for commercial sale. Learn to grow young plants, shrubs, trees and crops from seed, right through to sale.
Gain a qualification in nursery and develop your green thumb skills in propagating, transplanting, and caring for plants. You will build your experience and knowledge of the techniques needed to propagate and grow commercial nursery crops, as well as identifying, naming and selecting plants for a range of sites.
The best part about studying nursery at Otago Polytechnic is our hands-on approach to learning. With our flexible study options, you’ll gain practical growing experience in our Cromwell nursery or learn in your own workplace through online classes.
Horticulture, Study Prep & Pathways
A place to start if you want to work in farming, horticulture, agriculture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas. You'll take part in practical workshops, volunteer in your community and do 150 hours of work. At the same time you'll build employability and study skills and get clarity on your next step.
9 Weeks Full-time
Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study
If you’re already employed in the nursery production industry, this programme is for you. With a 50/50 mix of theory and practical, you’ll learn online whilst using your workplace as a setting to practise your developing skills. Courses include Nursery Plant Care, Plant ID and Selection, Propagation, Plant Science, and Communication.
20 Weeks Full-time
Online with block course(s)
Commercial Plant Grower, Landscaper, Nursery Worker
Agriculture & Animal Healthcare, Horticulture
Develop your understanding of sustainable development in a land-based context. Learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins, native plants, composting and conservation. Meet the growing demand for people will knowledge in sustainability.
13 Weeks Full-time
Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Nursery Worker
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4)
Develop your green thumb skills and get paid for doing what you love. Based at our Cromwell campus, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that horticulturists need when employed in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation. Embrace the opportunity to use our campus nursery, and our ten-hectare crop production facility.
1 Year Full-time
Fruit Grower, Irrigation Technician, Nursery Business Owner, Nursery Worker, Plant Propagator, Vineyard Farmer, Vineyard Supervisor