New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Fruit Production Strand (Level 3)

This horticultural qualification is designed for people who have some general horticulture experience and want to develop specific skills in this exciting, innovative industry. It's ideally suited to those currently working in the fruit production sector in the Bay of Plenty.

The programme provides specific knowledge and skills in production growing and harvesting practices and processes, using a range of technologies to support your learning in the classroom and in the field. It is designed to match the seasonal production cycle.

You'll learn to work safely and effectively under limited supervision, with responsibility for your work.

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

Content Details

Courses covered during the programme are:

  • Teamwork and Communication in the Horticulture Industry (10 credits)
  • Fruit Crop Harvesting (10 credits)
  • Winter Pruning and Training Fruit Crops (15 credits)
  • Fruit Crop Pollination and Thinning (10 credits)
  • Summer Pruning Fruit Crops (10 credits)
  • Fruit Crop Husbandry (15 credits)


Planned intakes*: February, July, October
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Blended delivery (online & in class), 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 students $750.00 (this is a discounted fee for 2017 only)

2017 international students $12,468.00

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:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Fruit Production Strand

Career Opportunities

  • Orchard Supervisor
  • Contractor
  • Orchard Technician
  • Team leader
  • Research roles
  • Orchard leasing
  • Trainee Manager

Entry Criteria

Admission Requirements
Entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Fruit Production programme will be in accordance the criteria specified in the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology policies and processes specified in the QMS of the Administrative Hub where the student is enrolled.

Academic Entry
Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the ability to complete the academic and practical requirements of the programme. To do this applicants are required to attend an information/briefing session and interview prior to submitting an enrolment application.  All applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility for entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3), Fruit Production Strand programme in accordance with the Toi Ohomai academic regulations and applicable entry requirements.


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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.