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

with New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3)

Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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Get your hands dirty

Learn industry-relevant theories of plant and soils science, growing systems and environments, which underpin practical capabilities in a range of horticulture sectors. You’ll learn workplace health and safety, soil and plant properties, developing organic and/or nursery production, safe and proper chemical and fertiliser use, and landscaping.

Become an equipment guru

Learn about tractors and machinery, quads and side-by-sides, chainsaws and motorised gear, fencing and crop support, water supply, irrigation and drainage. Identification, Assessment and Controls for hazards in the workplace will be applied throughout the entire course. Giving you the ability to assess on the go as you move practically through the workplace.

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.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (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

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Kaitaia: Sept 2021 (TBC)

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code

NZ2677 & NZ2215

Phone 0800 162 100
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