Level 4

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services with a strand in Landscape Construction

It doesn't matter if you're coming straight from school, changing careers or returning to the workforce - there are study options to suit you.

Programme highlights

If you love working outdoors and working with your hands, study landscaping.

You'll learn the right mix of practical skills to transform outdoor spaces. You'll also get hands-on experience working on landscaping projects in our community. Graduate ready to take on a job as a landscape leading hand or gardener.

With two options to study we have you covered:

In-work learner

This programme is designed for people who are employed within the landscape construction industry.

No matter how much experience you have, we can support you to reach new heights.

To gain this qualification you'll need to be employed with a qualified landscaper 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 are at work. There will be four 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.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on a job as a landscape leading hand or landscape gardener.

Full-time learner

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

When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on a job as a landscape leading hand or landscape gardener.

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).

July intake

This intake requires you to have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with a strand in Landscape Construction

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (120 credits):
Level 3

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.

Level 4

862.401 Work Placement (30 credits)

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

862.410 Site Set-Out and Hard Landscaping (40 credits)

Identify simple parts of a landscape design plan, set out a landscape construction site from plans, carry out hard landscape construction, work safely in a landscape construction situation.

862.411 Advanced Landscape Site Set Out (15 credits)

Plan and manage the set out of a landscape construction site from drawings/plans.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5) with a strand in Landscape Construction

Career opportunities

Landscape Leading Hand, Landscape Gardener. 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 3 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.