New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General)
Level 3

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

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    17 July 2023
    Part-time option
    17 July 2023
    Full-time option


    17 July 2023
    Full-time option
    17 July 2023
    Part-time option
    21 August 2023
    Part-time option
    16 October 2023
    Part-time option


    17 July 2023
    21 August 2023
    16 October 2023
  • Study options

    Two full time intakes per year, dependent on enrolments. Part-time option, dependent on enrolments.

  • Length

    Full-time: 17 teaching weeks plus 2 weeks study break

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2023: Zero Fees

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Free programme. Online programme.

Love plants and science? Dig deep and grow your skills in horticulture, on campus, online, and on the job.

If you like working outdoors, love variety and don't want to work in an office, this programme is for you and offers skills to work outdoors while learning the feeling of accomplishment by growing things well.

You will learn about soils and how best to manage them to improve your growing, and how to identify and understand pests and diseases and their management.

You will:

  • Propagate plants in the nursery
  • Make compost
  • Carry out pruning, training and grafting of plants
  • Learn to monitor the weather
  • Manage your water needs. 

We also have regular field trips to local growers to apply practical skills. Full-time classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.15 am - 2.45 pm.

Both campus' have on-site gardens, propagation house and amenity plantings.

With the knowledge you learn on this programme, get work in the horticulture industry, go on to study at level 4 or you can put it into practice on your own land or business, if you are a small block owner.

If you belong to a business, iwi or community group and you need horticulture skills, talk to us about how we can work with you to deliver this programme to your group. Email:








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