Study nursery production for free^

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with a strand in Nursery Production

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is now free^. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Due to high demand, we recommend applying early.

Programme highlights

­­Get the skills you need to work in a nursery or garden centre.

This qualification is for anyone wanting to start out in the horticulture industry or who wants to progress to further study. You could also be working in the industry and want to get a formal qualification.

You'll learn practical skills in plant care and find out what it’s like to work in a professional nursery. 

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

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

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2678-04

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, 3 days per week.

Study method


Credits 70
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) 

with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Fruit Production, Indoor Crop Production, Outdoor Vegetable Production, Landscape Construction, Nursery Production, Post-Harvest, and Sports Turf

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

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

Programme structure

This certificate is based on both practical and theory content.

The four courses are:

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

862.406 Nursery Operations (20 credits)

Carry out simple nursery operational tasks, work safely with tools and machinery in a nursery situation

862.407 Nursery Production (15 credits)

Care for plants in a nursery through the growing cycles, keep nursery records throughout the growing seasons

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include a Nursery Worker, Nursery Grower, Propagator, Budder or Grafter.

Further training or study

  • Certificate in Nursery Production (Level 4) which leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticultural Services with a strand in Nursery Production (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Nursery Production (Level 5) which leads to the Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) with a strand in Nursery Production

Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.