Otago Polytechnic



This global industry is extremely diverse and qualified horticulturists in any specialist field are in demand. Horticulture has been included in the government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which means many of these programmes are fully funded until 2022.


Horticulture programmes

Level 3 Nursery Production (industry-based) - TTAF funded

  • Online and in your workplace
  • Two to three 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 3 and 4 Nursery and Fruit Production (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Central Otago
  • One 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 5 Fruit Production (on campus or online in your workplace) - TTAF funded

  • On campus or online in your work place (International students must study on campus)
  • One year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

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).

Horticulture short courses

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 14 & 15 November 2020
  • 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.

Leadership and Relationship Management course

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 10 weeks
  • Starts 20 July 2020
  • Apply anytime

Wanting to take that next step in the horticulture industry? This course is from our New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production). Over a 10-week period, you will learn about leadership and relationship management theories relevant to the fruit industry, how to develop relationships within a team environment using skills relevant to the fruit production industry and how to lead and manage teams in specified fruit production operations or roles.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts Various dates during 2020
  • Apply anytime

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