Vocational Pathway – Horticulture (Level 2)

Vocational Pathway – Horticulture (Level 2)2023-11-17T12:13:56+12:00

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.

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

  • After completing this qualification can lead towards enrolling into our 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.

Vocational Pathway – Horticulture (Level 2) FAQs

What is this course about?2023-07-04T10:37:24+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit NZQA course, which gives you an introduction into the horticulture sector. 
  • You will gain your Level 2 NCEA certificate with a vocational pathway in horticulture. Upon graduation, you will have an understanding of various parts of horticulture, that will help you in other courses, or to get a job within the horticulture sector. 
  • This course contains modules from learning to sow seeds, to safety procedures to writing and communicating. 
Who can do this course?2023-11-27T12:21:16+12:00
  • You must be a NZ or Australian citizen or have NZ residency. You cannot do this course if you are here on a work visa. 
  • Be aged 16-year-old or older (15½ with MOE Exemption) 
  • Meet the relevant funding pool requirements – TEC Youth Guarantee 
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility. 
How will this course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T10:41:13+12:00
  • Upon graduation from this course, you will have gained NCEA Level 2 with Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Horticulture). This is an NZQA accredited programme and will allow you to go further into your Horticulture career.  
  • After completing this course, you will have learnt practical horticulture skills, making you a valuable asset to an employer.  
How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T09:37:34+12:00

This course runs for 26 weeks, full time only. 

What is the course structure?2023-07-04T10:40:22+12:00
  • This course is only available full-time. Courses run 4 days a week, with 1 day being available for catch up. 
  • This is a paper and practical based course. Learning will be partially assessed on paper-based theory work, and partially assessed by practical based assessments. 
How much does the course cost?2023-07-04T09:43:15+12:00
  • This course is Fees Free! No cost required when you meet the relevant funding pool requirements. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course. 
What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T09:33:44+12:00

You don’t need any qualifications to apply! This is an entry level course and will help build you up to do higher level courses. 

Where is this course held?2023-11-27T12:16:26+12:00

This course is currently held in Marton, Hastings, New Plymouth, Wainuiomata and Te Kuiti, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to find the closest course to you or register your interest. You can find a full map of all our courses here: Where to find us! 

Learn more by enquiring today…

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

Contact Info

191 St Hill Street Whanganui, 4500

Phone: 0508 TRAIN ME

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