National Certificate in Horticulture Advanced (Fruit Production Strand) (Level 4)

This part-time cadetship course will suit you if you are already managing an orchard. The training provides you with the business skills and knowledge you need to enhance orchard profitability and focuses mainly on financial planning, analysis and risk management.

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 National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4, but we also offer this training as a short course. Watch students talking about this course on YouTube

Content Details

This final year of the programme is taught via blended delivery. This means that you'll attend class, but submit all your course work online.

In year three you will study orchard management which includes:

  • Fruit Production for Profit (16 week business skills component)
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Risk management
  • Budgeting and cash flow management
  • Tax and employment relations
  • On-orchard practices

Computer Requirements
As this final year of the programme is taught by blended delivery and you'll be submitting all your course work online, you must have access to a computer and the internet.


This programme involves 12 months of orchard management and attendance at class 16 days from July to March.

JulyPart-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)One year

Indicative Fees

2016 domestic students $432.00

2017 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 successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • National Certificate in Horticulture Advanced (Level 4) Fruit Production Strand
  • Fruit Production for Profit & Horticulture Business Skills (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

Completion of the full programme enhances your opportunities to gain promotions and work as a packhouse manager/supervisor, coolstore manager, field services operations, in sales and marketing or research, as a property manager, in orchard leasing, or contracting.

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 Fruit Production with Toi Ohomai, or equivalent
  • Must be employed or self-employed in the industry, and have signed a current and valid training agreement

Information Meeting/Interview

You are required to attend an information meeting prior to your acceptance onto the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.

Special Admission

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology will consider students for special admission who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme but who, in the opinion of the Programme Co-ordinator, are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.


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 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, 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.