Project Description

This is an entry level programme for students with an interest in the horticulture industry. This programme focuses on teaching fundamental horticultural knowledge and skills to students with little experience in the horticulture industry

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Course Code Course Name
VPHO2.01 Plant Trees or Shrubs
VPHO2.02 Maintain a Documented Work Record
VPHO2.03 Describe Weather
VPHO2.04 Harvest a Horticulture Crop
VPHO2.05 Control Weeds
VPHO2.06 Soils and Fertilisers
VPHO2.07 Hazards and Hazard Control
VPHO2.08 Safety Procedures
VPHO2.09 Stem Cuttings
VPHO2.10 Safe Operation of a Quad Bike
VPHO2.11 Write to Communicate
VPHO2.12 Read Text
VPHO2.13 Spoken Interactions
VPHO2.14 Number to Solve Problems
VPHO2.15 Statistical Information
VPHO2.16 Measurement to Solve Problems
VPHO2.17 Safety with Agrichemical
VPHO2.20 Sow Seeds and Monitor
VPHO2.21 Plant Common Names and Botanical
VPHO2.22 Plant out by Hand Under Close Supervision

Outcome Statement

This qualification is not a prerequisite for higher level national certificates in horticulture; however, the higher-level certificates do build on the skills and knowledge recognised by this qualification.

Students will gain their NCEA Level 2 with a Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Horticulture)

  • Ref: 2677 – New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General), Level 3


This programme runs for 26 weeks.

Entry Criteria

Applicants Must:

  • 16 years of age and above at the time of commencing study or 15 with a school leaving certificate
  • Have left school
  • Meet the relevant funding pool requirements for TEC
  • Be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken with ELTS of 5 or above).

Applicants must have a desire to work in the Horticulture industry.

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