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.
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:
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.
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
|Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)||Not available|
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)
|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
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 www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. 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.