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

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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)


Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees

$4,100 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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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

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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

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the horticulture and landscaping calendar.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include a Nursery Worker, Nursery Grower, Propagator, Budder or Grafter. For potential salaries visit

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
MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 29 July 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.