Horticulture

Study horticulture at Central in our spectacular natural classroom, and develop the knowledge and skills you need for a growing career.

Central is where knowledge and nature come together. The Central Otago region is renowned as a leading summer fruit producer and is a natural paradise for those passionate about a future in New Zealand’s diverse and robust horticulture industry.

Students gain hands-on experience at one of the best practical horticullture units in New Zealand, learning to grow in a sustainable way. Our facilities include a commercial vineyard, cherry, apple and pear orchard, plant production nursery, vegetable garden, hydroponic herb and vegetable unit. We also help you find work placements during the programme to further develop your knowledge and on-the-job experience.

If you are looking to enter the horticulture industry, our programmes will give you the work skills you need to get your first job. If you are already working, our flexible delivery options with distance learning let you fit studying around work to develop your skills further and gain a qualification.

If you are a keen gardener or lifestyle block owner watch out for our short courses. We offer a range from Propagation to Tractor Skills.

Learn Horticulture at Central – we make futures here.

PROGRAMMES

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, July and October, 2017
  • Apply by start date

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply anytime

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 7 November, 2016
  • Apply anytime

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, July and October
  • Apply until start date
SHORT COURSES

Introductory Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Starts monthly from 14 February, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 15 October, 2016
  • Apply until start date

Quad bike safety short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts On demand
  • Apply anytime

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 3 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 18 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 23 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Pests and diseases short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts March
  • Apply anytime

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 29 February 2016
  • Apply anytime

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 9 June 2016
  • Apply anytime

Soils short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 30 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Tractor skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts On demand
  • Apply anytime

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 29 August 2016
  • Apply anytime

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 16 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, July and October, 2017
  • Apply by start date

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply anytime

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 7 November, 2016
  • Apply anytime

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, July and October
  • Apply until start date

Introductory Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Starts monthly from 14 February, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 15 October, 2016
  • Apply until start date

Quad bike safety short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts On demand
  • Apply anytime

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 3 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 18 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 23 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Pests and diseases short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts March
  • Apply anytime

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 29 February 2016
  • Apply anytime

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 9 June 2016
  • Apply anytime

Soils short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 30 May 2016
  • Apply anytime

Tractor skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts On demand
  • Apply anytime

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 29 August 2016
  • Apply anytime

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 16 May 2016
  • Apply anytime
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"The reason we employ so many Otago Polytechnic students and graduates is that the quality coming through is just excellent. The industry is constantly growing and we need as many well-trained people as we can get."

JIM BLANCHE
Orchard Manager, 45 South

  • Ryoko Saito-Clayton

    Love and horticulture

    Central graduate Ryoko Saito-Clayton found love in New Zealand, marrying her Kiwi husband 12 years ago, then she fell for Central Otago while studying here. Now she loves her bio-security job at Queenstown Airport.

    After completing a National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4), Ryoko is employed as a Quarantine Inspector for the Ministry for Primary Industries at the airport’s international arrival area, where she makes use of her knowledge in areas such as pests and diseases, fruit orchard industries, bee keeping and botany.

    Studying at Central, Ryoko especially enjoyed the nursery class, where the students went foraging around the stunning countryside surrounding the campus to collect native plant samples.

    Now, she loves the varied nature of her job, which may see her travel to Milford Sound, Stewart Island or Bluff to check cruise ships and passengers one day, and then travel to Wanaka and Cromwell to inspect helicopters or cars, the next. “I enjoy my job very much because every day is different and challenging.”

  • Waka Paul

    Growth plan

    It all began with a vegetable garden for Waka Paul. His passion for growing food and a fascination with the science behind it saw him enrol in Central’s National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4.

    The journey that followed has certainly kept him on his toes. “The course is a lot more in-depth than what I thought it would be. But that challenge of not knowing a lot when I first began has made it even more interesting.” He especially embraced the practical side of the horticulture industry, and lists fixing the tractor and irrigation maintenance as some of the many hands-on tasks he undertook while studying.

    Waka, who is of Irish and Maori descent – hailing from the Bay of Plenty tribes and Cork and Limerick in Ireland – believes Central creates a learning space in a natural paradise.

    “I enjoyed the environment. You can’t beat Central Otago, it’s a beautiful place,” he says. Now, Waka wants to combine his Central qualification with his a degree in sociocultural anthropology to make his vegetable garden go global. “I hope to travel the world and experiment with food growing abroad.”

    Read more about the Central Otago-based National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) 

    Read more about the Dunedin-based National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4)