National Certificate in Horticulture (Timaru/Ashburton Delivery).xml National Certificate in Horticulture (Timaru/Ashburton Delivery)

Qualifications and courses Study options
Horticultural studies

Certificate34 weeks; three days a week (suits school hours)

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$5035 - $5500


February, July


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Timaru, Ashburton


In a country where food products are one of our main export markets qualified horticulture professionals are in demand and part of an immediate skills shortage in New Zealand.

Take advantage of this gap in the job market and gain a qualification that can lead to employment. With a focus on sustainability this programme will provide you with a broad range of skills and knowledge that can be used in the horticulture industry.

This programme covers:

  • Plant pests, diseases, and disorders, and control measures
  • Weeds and their control
  • Plant and care for trees, shrubs, and climbing plants
  • Plant and care for bedding plants, bulbs or herbaceous perennials
  • Maintain hand tools and service small engines used in horticulture
  • Soil properties and their effect on plant growth
  • Prune and train amenity trees and shrubs up to 4 metres high
  • Identify trees, shrubs and climbers used in amenity horticulture
  • Plant propagation
  • Propagate plants from seed
  • Propagate plants by cuttings
  • Propagate herbaceous plants by division

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 109 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you can work in a wide variety of horticultural roles including gardener, groundsperson, landscape gardener, nursery grower/ worker, arborist and orchardist.

Study pathways

Further study can be undertaken with the National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4), with optional strands in amenity horticulture, fruit production, landscape, nursery production, postharvest, viticulture and vegetable production and the National Certificate in Project Management Level 4.