Fruit Production for Profit (Level 5)

Want to upskill and become an effective manager in the fruit production industry? This one year part-time course allows you to learn while you earn and develops all the financial and management skills needed to operate an orchard profitably.

It’s ideal if you've trained in another industry and have crossed into fruit production management, or if you've worked your way up the fruit production ranks and now need management skills. Many students choose this training scheme after completing the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4).

This course is ‘blended delivery’, meaning you’ll attend the classes in person but submit all your coursework online. 

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Content Details

During your study you will cover 3 topics:

  • Horticultural Operations and Business Planning
  • Horticultural Business Skills
  • Horticultural Business Environment


Planned intakes*: 2018 intakes to be confirmed
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic fees $1,788.00

2018 fees to be confirmed

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the requirements you will receive:

  • Fruit Production for Profit (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

The knowledge and skills you acquire on this training scheme set you up to aim for roles that involve:

  • Planning, budgeting and evaluating financial performance of a horticultural operation
  • Managing a fruit production operation

Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2
  • OR a Level 3 qualification in horticulture, agriculture
  • OR show equivalent skills and knowledge

Other Considerations

You will be encouraged to attend an information session to ensure the training meets your needs.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.