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.

Introductory Growsafe short course

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

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

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

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (8.30am-5pm)
  • Starts Mon 13 Nov, 2017 & Mon 11 Dec, 2017
  • 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 (2 & 9 November, 2017), 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 2 November 2017
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course 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 2 October, 2017 (Dunedin); 16 November, 2017 (Central)
  • 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.

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts Monday 3 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Develop your skills in a range of drawing techniques that can be used to communicate landscape design ideas on paper.

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts Monday 10 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This course will stimulate your imagination and creative abilities. You will design and draw a landscape plan from start to finish.

Introduction to Viticulture short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days
  • Starts 18-22 September 2017
  • Apply anytime

Among other topics, you will undertake look at a brief history of viticulture with particular emphasis on grape growing for wine. You will also examine grape growing world-wide, with a more detailed study of the industry in New Zealand.

Coffee-making short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 28 March, 2017
  • 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!

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 26 & 27 August 2017
  • 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.

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts Saturday, 1 April 2017
  • 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.

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 17 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to graft and bud fruit trees for domestic or commercial trees. Discover how to change your single variety of fruit tree into one with four, five or more varieties of fruit on the same tree.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 19 June 2017
  • Apply anytime

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

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 22 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn what is required to become a fully-certified organic property. This includes information about the certifying agencies, how to become certified and what you may need to consider to gain full organic status.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 1 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

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

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2018
  • Apply anytime

Gain a useful understanding of plant naming and apply this when learning to identify a range of trees, shrubs and native plants grown locally.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 8 June, 2017
  • 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.

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 15 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn key concepts related to weather, climate and frost. Gain a grower’s interpretation of frost control and the specific techniques needed to manage frost when growing crops.

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 28 August, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn to identify weeds common to the Central Otago region and understand the range of methods of weed prevention and control.

Oamaru Stone Carving

  • Central Campus
  • 5 days
  • Starts 16 October 2017
  • Apply anytime

Take this short course to learn design skills and appropriate tools for Oamaru Stone Carving.

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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.