New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

This brand new pre-employment horticulture course gets you started in an industry that needs skilled people.

You’ll work in small groups to create business plans, and produce crops in our nursery and gardens to supply real-life contracts while you’re learning.
The course is a solid balance of theory and practical skills, so you'll come out feeling confident and able to apply what you've learnt to your career.

Content Details

During your study you'll cover the following topics:

Optimising Plant Growth

Develop a soil care plan that optimises plant growth and learn to interpret and manage factors that influence plant growth for different primary industry situations including soil testing, nutrient calculations, and weather and climate information.

Introduction to Horticulture Design and Plant Selection

Design a garden or orchard for a specific site and select appropriate plants for the design. Learn about plant physiology, characteristics and uses, and how these influence plant selection for horticulture design projects.

Horticulture Pests, Diseases and Weeds

Identify and control a range of common pests, diseases and disorders for various horticultural crops. Learn how to select a range of suitable control options and carry out pest, disease or weed control including the use of agrichemicals and spray equipment.

Plant Propagation and Nursery Systems

Carry out plant propagation and complete a range of core tasks in a plant nursery. Learn about plant nursery layout, workflows and systems.

Horticulture Project Maintenance

Develop and maintain horticulture projects including the preparation and maintenance of gardens and lawns, and the maintenance and use of gardening tools and equipment.


17 Jul 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)16 weeks
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)16 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $2,428.00

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 (General) (Level 3) 

Career Opportunities

  • entry-level employment across the horticulture sector
  • assistant gardener
  • nursery or greenhouse worker
  • groundsperson
  • landscape labourer
  • orchard worker
  • floriculture worker

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production Fruit Production Strand (Level 4)

Alternative Pathways

Further study at Level 4 and above towards a range of horticulture and primary industry-related qualifications.

Entry Criteria

Entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) programme will be in accordance with the criteria specified in the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations).


English language requirements for this programme will be in accordance with the criteria specified on page 22 of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations).