Project Description

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the primary industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the day to day operational management of an organic primary production operation.

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Course Code Course Name
Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
UN830 Train and Prune Fruit Trees
Organic Certification for Horticultural Operations
UN21040 Describe the scope and application of standards
that apply to organic horticulture in New Zealand
UN21046 Demonstrate knowledge of obtaining and
maintaining organic certification for horticulture
UN21048 Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for
post-harvest handling of organic horticultural
Organic Pest, Disease and Weed Management plan
UN21044 Develop and apply an organic pest, disease, and
weed management plan for an organic crop
Growing Media, Health and Strategies
UN3004 Use soil-less growing media in horticulture
UN24544 Analyse soil health status, and determine on-farm
strategies for improvement
Propagate Plants from Seed and Understanding Rootstock Requirements
UN2811 Demonstrate knowledge of rootstock requirements
and select rootstock for planting
UN20557 Select, collect and treat seed, and propagate plants
from seed

Outcome Statement

Graduates of the qualification will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of organic principles to the implementation and monitoring of an organic primary production plan and organic standard’s compliance requirements.

Crop Production Context

To achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 4) (Crop Production) graduates must be able to apply the skills and knowledge of organic production in a crop production context to meet the outcomes.

Education Pathways

This qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 5) (Crop Production) [Ref: 2682].

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as an: organic orchard/vineyard supervisor or leading hand, organic crop supervisor or team leader, organic crop monitor, organic nursery specialist, organic farm production manager. This qualification will also be suitable for land owners who wish to gain knowledge of organic primary production 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:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture / Horticulture Level 3 and / or equivalent qualification or experience in the industry.
  • Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body appropriate for this qualification.

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.

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