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

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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.

How you will learn

This programme is delivered in partnership with Te Kotahitanga e Mahi Kaha Trust (TKEMKT).

  • Dates: 02/05/2022 – 23/09/2022

  • LocationTKEMKT Te Kona (Digital, Business and Learning Hub) and surrounding grounds situated at 74 Guy Road, Kaikohe 0405

  • Timetable (indicative): Monday–Thursday, 9am – 3pm.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of plant and soil science to the identification, selection and growing of plants.

    • Describe the key structures, functions and lifecycles of a range of plant species.

    • Identify a range of plants using a variety of methods.

    • Describe the key components and characteristics of soils.

    • Describe the ideal growing environments for a specified range of crops.

    • Describe the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy plants.

    • Identify plant pests, diseases and disorders and describe a range of prevention and management techniques.

    • Describe a range of appropriate propagation and cultivation techniques and media.

    • Demonstrate a range of propagation and cultivation techniques.

  • Apply knowledge of growing systems and environments to the establishment and growing of plants.

    • Establish, grow and maintain a range healthy crops using alternative growing systems.

    • Apply intervention strategies to ensure plant health and wellbeing.

    • Apply health and safety practices in accordance with workplace standards.


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.

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


19 Weeks

Start Dates
Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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