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Apiculture & Horticulture


Get real-world experience as a bee-keeper, or working on orchards, vineyards, sports fields and farms.

2020 PROGRAMMES

Apiculture

Level 3 Apiculture*

  • Central Otago and Dunedin
  • Part-time (September to April/May)
  • Level 3
  • Starts September 2019
  • Apply by 1 September (late applications may be considered depending on numbers)

Want to learn more about beekeeping? Apiculture is one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries and there is a high demand for this skill. Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business. Successful completion of this programme will lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)*.

Horticulture

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • Five days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

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

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 19 October 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.

Level 2 Primary Industry Skills

  • Central Otago (for international students only)
  • 24 weeks
  • Starts November
  • 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. Graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2).

Level 3 and 4 Nursery and Fruit Production

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

Level 3 Nursery Production (industry-based)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

Level 4 Fruit Production (industry-based)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

Level 5 Fruit Production

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (International students must study on campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Replacing our Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) and Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) from 2019, this programme will enable you to progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

Nursery and Fruit Production (two-year pathway for international students)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years full time
  • Level 3, 4 and 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Progress your career in the national or international horticulture communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape production industries.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • Nine days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • 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.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts 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.