Out in the field with new Horticulture certificate

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02 Mar 2017

Designed to inspire a new generation of gardeners and horticultural workers tutor Wayne Loveday helped revamp the horticulture certificate at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

The New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture focuses on work-integrated learning and is more hands-on including a lot of work in the field.

“It has been a great experience working on and developing the new course and I look forward to delivering it,” tutor Wayne Loveday says.

Students will learn about plant science, plant health, growing environments, growing systems, propagation and cultivation, at the well-equipped Ara Washdyke farm in Timaru.

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Tutor Wayne Loveday in the Washdyke farm greenhouse.

“The certificate is designed for anyone who wants to acquire horticulture skills and who may want to gain employment in garden centres or just acquire gardening knowledge.”

An affordable fee of $375 makes the course more accessible to students. The course will also be rolled out in Christchurch for the second semester.

“The whole format has changed and now runs for one semester. Also, the content of the course can be modified to suit student’s interests.”

The new qualification was formed after the national review of all qualifications.  

Admissions are open all year round. For more information about the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 go to http://www.ara.ac.nz/study-options/qualifications-and-courses/programmes/New-Zealand-Certificate-in-Horticulture-General.xml.