New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) 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

­­Are you a keen gardener? Roll up your sleeves and consider a career in growing and caring for plants in a nursery. You'll be responsible for nurturing seedlings into fully-grown plants.

With two options to study we have you covered:

In-work learner

This programme is designed for people who are employed in a nursery. No matter how much experience in gardening you have, we can support you to grow practical skills in plant care.

To gain this qualification, you'll need to be employed in the nursery industry with an employer who is willing to support you with regular work to meet the graduate outcomes of this qualification.

Study will take place two evenings per week in class, while employers and tutors will verify your practical skills when you're at work. There will be 4x week long block courses that you'll be required to attend.

You'll be visited on-site at your place of work throughout the programme and you'll graduate with the skills to get a job as a team leader, nursery specialist or propagator in a nursery.

Full-time learner

Attending MIT Ōtara, you'll learn the skills and knowledge through onsite practical and theory and work experience placement.

You'll graduate with the skills to get a job as a team leader, nursery specialist or propagator in a nursery.

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 4
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2676

February: Full-time for 34 teaching weeks

Full-time learner: 3-days per week.

In-work learner: 2 evenings per week, 4 week-long block courses, workplace assessment.

July: Full-time for 17 teaching weeks#

Full-time learner: 3-days per week.

In-work Learner: 2 evenings per week, 2 week-long block courses, workplace assessment.

#If you have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3)

Study method


Credits 130
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 Production (Level 4) 

with strands in Fruit Production, Indoor Crop Production, Nursery Production, Outdoor Crop Production, Post-Harvest, and Wine Growing

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

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

The July intake is part B of the Level 4 certificate. You must have completed New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with a strand in Nursery Production.

Programme structure

This certificate is based on both practical and theory content.

The four courses are:

861.368 Plants and Maintenance (35 credits)

Demonstrate communication skills, interact with team members and colleagues, select and plant plants, carry out routine maintenance tasks for the landscape industry.

861.498 Nursery Operations and Production (35 credits)

Carry out simple nursery operational tasks, work safely with tools and machinery in a nursery situation, care for plants in a nursery through the growing cycles, keep nursery records throughout the growing seasons.

861.499 Advanced Nursery Operations and Production (30 credits)

Carry out specialised nursery operational and production tasks.

862.401 Work Placement (30 credits)

Demonstrating communication skills and professional conduct, instructing and supervising team members, carrying out specific nursery production tasks.

Career opportunities

Nursery Team Leader, Nursery Specialist, Propagator

Further training or study

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.