Central Campus offers a wide range of short courses from compliance such as Growsafe to learning a new skill such as Barista Skills.

To register your interest for our upcoming courses, call 0800 765 9276, send an email or apply on our online application form.

Download this handy guide to our short courses or select the individual short course you're interested in from the list below to view more details.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts 21 February, 21 March, 11 April, 16 May, 13 June, 18 July, 15 August, 12 September, 17 October, 14 November, 5 December 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Grapevine pruning short course

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

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

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.

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply until start date

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.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Propagation short course

  • Central Otago
  • Various durations*
  • Starts 7 March 2019
  • Apply anytime

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.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (8.30am-5pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply 10 days before each start date

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

Barista skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 2 May
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course (held on two Thursdays) offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.

Food Safety: Unit 167

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts 14 March 2019 (Central Otago); 28 March, 17 October (Dunedin).
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts Thursday, 4 April 2019
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

Coffee-making short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2019
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn the art of coffee-making? This one day course will teach you how to make a great cup of coffee!

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Wayne King, Senior Lecturer

Wayne runs the Growsafe and the Approved Handlers Certification courses which are mandatory qualifications for most people working in the primary industry. He has a Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies, a National Certificate in Adult Education, Diploma in Horticulture and a Test Certifiers Certificate under the HSNO Act.