Central Campus offers a wide range of short courses from compliance such as Growsafe to learning a new skill such as Patisserie or Dry Stone Walling.

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



Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts Various dates during 2020
  • Apply anytime

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

Leadership and Relationship Management course

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 10 weeks
  • Starts 20 July 2020
  • Apply anytime

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.

Viticulture Canopy Management course

  • Central Otago
  • Five days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 22 - 26 June
  • Apply anytime

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

Orchard Canopy Management course

  • Central Otago
  • 10 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 10 & 11 June, 15-18 June, 22 July, 3 & 4 August 2020 plus one day in November TBC
  • 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
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 14 & 15 November 2020
  • 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.

Propagation short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day a week (Feb-Nov)
  • Starts 5 March 2020
  • 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
  • One day (8.30am-5.00pm)
  • Starts Tuesday 21 July, Tuesday 15 September
  • Apply ten 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
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 2020 Dates - 25 June & 2 July; 20 August & 27 August
  • 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 (online delivery for 29 April session) or Central Otago
  • One day per unit
  • Starts Dunedin: 14 and 15 Oct | Central Otago: 3 September 2020
  • 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
  • Two days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts All classes full - email andrea.mckenzie@op.ac.nz to be added to a wait list for 2021
  • 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
  • One day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 13 August or 10 September
  • 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!

Patisserie short course

  • Central Otago
  • Five weeks (Thursdays, 6.00pm-9.00pm)
  • Starts 23 July (Full), Next dates TBC
  • Apply anytime

Have a passion for pastry? Learn the art of simple French pastries

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