Level 3

Study parks and gardens (amenity)

Gain the hands-on skills you need to get a job as a gardener or groundskeeper or back up your industry experience with a formal qualification.

Programme highlights

­­Gain the hands-on skills you need to get a job as a gardener or groundskeeper.

This qualification is for you if you want to launch a career in the parks and gardens industry.

It’s also suitable for anyone already working in the industry who wants to obtain a formal qualification.

You'll gain the hands-on experience in planting and landscaping and learn how to keep on top of the different gardening seasons.

Upon successful completion of this programme you could complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with a strand in Amenity 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

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 (70 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

862.408 Parks and Gardens Development (20 credits)

Carry out the development of parks and garden spaces, work safely with tools and machinery in parks and gardens.

862.409 Parks and Gardens Quality Control (15 credits)

Ensure quality assurance of parks and gardens through the growing seasons, keep amenity records through the growing seasons.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

Assistant Amenity Gardener, Gardener, Grounds Person. 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 29 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.