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

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

  • We are evolving

    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.

  • Locations and dates


    15 August 2022
    19 September 2022
    13 February 2023
    13 March 2023
    22 May 2023
    31 July 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time or part-time

  • Length

    Full-time 46 weeks including 9 weeks of study breaks; or 52 weeks part-time

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $1,039 plus $260 Student Services Levy

    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.

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:

  • Nursery Environment including soils and soilless media, nutrient management, mist units and an understanding of other systems, irrigation, managing temperature and the weather
  • Nursery Operations covers the practical side of advanced propagation, 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 covers dealing with pests, diseases and weeds, identification and management in the nursery.
  • Plant Selection and Planning includes plant identification, and landscape design and planting plans, for amenity areas and revegetation projects.
  • Nursery Equipment that covers growing houses, forklift training, shade houses, potting machines, packing and dispatch. 
  • Business Management and Marketing compares a range of marketing strategies and writing a business plan for a nursery enterprise.
  • Human Resources covers supervising and managing others, time management, communication skills and conflict resolution.








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