Fruit Production for Profit

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.

This course is a ‘blended delivery’ programme, meaning you’ll attend the classes in person but submit all your coursework online. Many students continue on from the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4), but we also offer this training as a short course.

View the Pathways flowchart which shows you what qualifications can lead you through your career.

Content Details

Topics include financial planning and analysis, risk management, budgeting and cash flow management, crop viability, tax and employment relations, and orchard practices.

The fruit production industry desperately needs more people with these high level management skills, which means people who complete this course are frequently head hunted for new roles.

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Computer Requirements

You must have access to a computer and the internet so that you can submit your course work online.


This programme involves 12 months of orchard management and attendance at class for 16 days.

JulyPart-timeBlended delivery (online & in class)One year

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $955.00

2017 international students $1,146.00

This programme is NOT approved for student loans

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 successful completion of the programme you will receive an achievement record:

  • Fruit Production for Profit
  • Horticultural Business Skills

Career Opportunities

This course makes assistant managers, managers and owner-operators more efficient and effective in their existing roles. These new skills may also open up higher level opportunities within the industry.

Entry Criteria

  • Students must be working on an orchard.

It is preferable that you are either employed, have previous experience in, or wish to further your knowledge in the horticulture industry.