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From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.
Full-time or part-time
Full-time 46 weeks including 9 weeks of study breaks; or 52 weeks part-time
2022: $1,039 plus $260 Student Services Levy
A 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.
Learn the skills needed to work in today's commercial nurseries.
This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Please note fees will only be covered under TTAF until 30 June 2023. Find full details about the fund here.(external link) Students are advised to enquire about their eligibility for any other fees-free funding when enrolling.
This programme is for you if you are already working in the nursery industry, or you are looking to gain skills for employment in this field.
A stepping stone into a career growing plants and trees, and a job that could range from fruit growing or vegetable production, landscaping for homes or parks, a plant nursery enterprise, to tree production and revegetation to enhance our environment in line with the one billion trees programme. Learn the skills needed to work in the Nursery Industry growing plants for food production and forestry, plants for our landscapes and for native revegetation, to enhance our natural environment.
You can also progress from the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 (General) to this programme.
You will learn advanced propagation and managing rootstocks for grafting and budding, as well as understanding plant hormones and how to manage plant growth and health.
You will gain a working knowledge of the water, nutrient and climatic needs of your plants, operating irrigation systems, and developing a plant crop protection programme for your plants to manage any pest disease and weed issues.
Part of the programme is the development of a planting plan, for a growing project of your choice. You will also set up your own soil-less media experiment to trial soil mixes, learn to produce a scale drawing for a landscape, and plan, plant and monitor a revegetation project.
You will also learn about the machinery and equipment of a nursery and will look at the business side of running a nursery and supervising others.
The programme includes courses on: