New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Nursery Production)
Level 4

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Nursery Production)

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates

    Nelson:

    17 February 2020
    16 March 2020
    27 April 2020
    25 May 2020
    17 August 2020
  • Total credits

    130

  • Fees

    $1,031 plus $260 Student Services Levy

    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

    NZ2676 - New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4)

Learn the skills needed to work in today's commercial nurseries.

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 gain your forklift licence and basic GROWSAFE certificate - both great additions for your CV to work in the horticultural industry.

You will learn propagation and managing root stocks 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 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:

  • Nursery Environment including soils and soil less media, hydroponics, nutrient management, mist units and an understanding of other systems, irrigation, managing temperature and the weather
  • Nursery Operations covers the practical side of propagation - seed collection and processing, seed sowing and producing plants from cuttings, grafting and budding. An understanding of cultivars and PVR’s is covered as well as stock management, stool beds, and understanding how to grow plants through all stages of production. Relevant plant science and the influence of plant hormones is also covered.
  • Nursery Crop Protection that covers dealing with pests, diseases and weeds, - identification and management
  • Plant Selection and Planning including identification, revegetation, landscaping, amenity, vegetables, flowers and herbs
  • Nursery Equipment that covers growing houses, shade houses, potting machines, packing and dispatch 
  • Business Management and Marketing covers regulations, copyright, trademarks, nursery site design and layouts, labour laws, forecasting staff requirements and customer care
  • Human Resources covers supervising and managing others, time management, communication skills and conflict resolution.
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