Project Description

The purpose of this programme is to provide the horticulture sector with graduates who have a theoretical knowledge of plants, nursery production, and growing systems and environments to underpin practical capability in a range of horticulture sectors.

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Course Code Course Name
NZHT3.1001 Irrigation systems in Horticulture
NZHT3.002 Soils properties and processes 
NZHT3.003 Horticultural Pruning techniques 
NZHT3.004 Growing systems and controlled growing environments 
NZHT3.005 Plant health 
NZHT3.006 Control weeds in Horticulture 
NZHT3.007 Plant propagation 
NZHT3.008 Select, grow and harvest Horticultural plants 
NZHT3.009 Plant Science 

Outcome Statement

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of plant and soils science to the identification, selection, and growing of plants
  • Apply knowledge of growing systems and environments to the establishment and growing plants

Education Pathways

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction and Sports Turf.

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this programme may be employed or self-employed, and/or move flexibly between a range of horticulture enterprises. This programme will also be suitable for small block owners or for mature learners who wish to gain knowledge of horticulture science in a range of general horticulture growing systems and practices.


20 weeks full time or 45 weeks part time

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • National Certificate in Agriculture / Horticulture Level 2 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.
  • Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body
  • A minimum of three years of secondary education; and/or
  • 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects; and/or
  • Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

English Second Language Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent farming knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful course completion.

Selection Criteria

All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme.  Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.

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I got my level 3 Dairy Farming through Land Based Training. It was so cool. I met nice people and the tutor is awesome. I class them all as the naki whanau

Pip Davis

Yeah the best course around to be honest. Learnt so much!

Brandon Te Kahu

I’m a level 2 Horticulture student and the tutors are so awesome and supportive. The other students are cool, we are a fun bunch. I have learnt so much in a short amount of time.

Kelly Wheatley

Awesome course, learning heaps & loving it! Free knowledge, a priceless gift I will always be grateful for.

Meredith Everett