New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills - Sustainable Horticulture
Primary Industry Skills
Level 2

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) - Sustainable Horticulture

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

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

  • Locations and dates


    26 March 2024
    Blenheim campus, 6-8.30pm Monday evenings and every first and third Sat 9am-1pm.
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    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. New programme.

It's not too late to enrol for the Marlborough Campus for this programme. You can apply right up until Saturday, 15 April, see more details below.

Horticulture garden

From garden to plate, you too can feed your whānau, save on your budget and enjoy the delicious taste of organic home-grown success.

You will learn basic gardening techniques from seed germination to growing and harvesting, how to set up a vegetable garden, and how to plant and manage fruit trees. Organic practises will form an integral part of this programme, and you'll also learn how to feed your plants and soil, make natural fertilisers, prune fruit trees, and more!

It doesn't matter if growing vegetables and fruit trees are all new to you. Your friendly tutor will guide you at your own pace so that you can enjoy getting your hands in the dirt and understand the simple ways to grow your own food. Our approach will look at sustainable methods focusing on water management, soil care and garden ecosystems.

You will cover the following three courses over six months; each will run for two months with a break in between, and you will need to do 4 hours a week in a work placement. 

  • Vegetable gardening 
  • Horticultural practises 
  • Home orchard growing with a focus on fruit and trees 

As part of this programme, you will also learn safe work practices and basic first aid. Handy for home or if you want to work in the horticulture industry.

Your study pathway

Upon graduating, you can continue learning with the following free programme, the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General), Level 3(external link). It's a great way to build your understanding further and could set you up for a job or take your garden to the next level. 








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