New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)


Dargaville, Kaitaia, Whangarei
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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022.

Note: Fees may apply for training continuing after 1 January 2023 on this programme.

Get your hands dirty

Learn about soils, growing plants, composting, and diseases & pests. You’ll also learn workplace health and safety, soil and plant properties, developing organic and/or nursery production, safe and proper chemical and fertiliser use..

What you will learn

Health and Safety plays a huge role in the modern day Primary Industries sector. With accredited knowledge and certification of the selected course topics, you will gain the edge over other applicants for job opportunities in this field by adding this training to your record.

  • Orchard and Nursery skills

  • Plant health and production

  • Vehicle training including quads

  • Machinery use including chainsaws

  • Watering and Crop support construction

  • Growsafe Certification

  • First Aid Training

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.


This programme is studied conjointly with:

  • NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3) - Kaitaia & Whangarei

  • NZ Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) - Dargaville

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 year full-time (conjoint)

Start Dates

Dargaville: February

Kaitaia: July

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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