Nursery and Fruit Production programme (Level 3) and (Level 4)


Central Otago

One year full-time; part-time options

On campus with hands-on training and work experience 

3 and 4
February, April, and July
until start date

Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation with this hands-on programme.

Employment opportunities are extremely diverse in this industry and, with motivation and hard work, you may find yourself working as an irrigation technician, fruit grower, plant propagator, vineyard supervisor or even at the head of your own business!

Successful graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production)  and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

This qualification is a 50-50 mix of theoretical and practical studies and you will make use of the campus nursery, hydroponics unit and the ten-hectare Otago Polytechnic crop production facility where winegrapes, stonefruit, pipfruit, olives, flowers and berries are grown. You will also undertake work experience within Central Otago's extensive horticulture industry, enabling you to develop real-world skills and forge important relationships.