Level 3

Study landscape construction

Study for a career in landscaping to make the most of your love of working with your hands in the great outdoors and get the skills top landscaping and gardening companies are looking for.

Programme highlights

­­Spend your day working outdoors.

Study for a career in landscaping to make the most of your love of working with your hands in the great outdoors.

You'll get hands-on experience in landscaping. Find out how to identify plant species and learn essential safety requirements.

When you graduate, become a landscape gardener or landscape labourer. You'll have the skills top landscaping and gardening companies are looking for.

This strand is also for anyone already working in the industry who wants to get a formal qualification.

Upon successful completion of this programme you could complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with a strand in Landscape Construction in only 17 weeks.

Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (75 credits):

861.369 Plants and planting (20 credits)

Demonstrate communication skills, selecting and planting plants for use in the landscape industry.

861.371 Maintenance and care (15 credits)

Interaction with team members and colleagues, carry out routine maintenance tasks for the landscape industry.

862.404 Landscape site set-out (20 credits)

Identify simple parts of a landscape design plan, set out a landscape construction site from plans.

862.405 Hard landscaping (20 credits)

Carry out hard landscaping construction, work safely in a landscape construction situation.

Careers and pathways

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include being a landscape labourer and landscape gardener. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

Information is correct as at 3 November 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.