Already keen on conserving our environment? Learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins, native plants, composting and conservation. Within an interactive community of online learners, you’ll be encouraged to share your growing experiences while gaining a range of practical and theoretical skills. The demand for people with skills in sustainable food production is steadily increasing and this qualification may lead to job opportunities in orchards and nurseries. This programme is not available to international students.
Whether you enjoy gardening, want to grow food for the family or are already working in the horticulture industry and need to understand the horticultural science which underpins the growing of horticultural crops, this fully-supported online programme is perfect for you. It provides a great pathway into further study and careers in the horticulture industry such as orchards, vineyards, plant nurseries and garden centres.
Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).
Looking for a way to transform your enjoyment of working outdoors into a career? Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love! This programme combines both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4).
Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).
Progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).
Progress your career in the national or international horticulture communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape production industries.
Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.
Wanting to take that next step in the horticulture industry? This course is from our New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production). Over a 10-week period, you will learn about leadership and relationship management theories relevant to the fruit industry, how to develop relationships within a team environment using skills relevant to the fruit production industry and how to lead and manage teams in specified fruit production operations or roles.
Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.
Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.
This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.
This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators. Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants.
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.”