New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with a strand in Amenity

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

If you love nature, launch your career in the amenities (also known as the parks and gardens) industry.

You'll get the hands-on experience, in planting, pruning and lawn care, that you need to get a job within the parks and gardens industry.

You'll also get plenty of real-life experience working in the community at off-site parks and gardens.

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 an amenity gardener, collection curator, grounds persons or amenity contractor.

Full-time learner

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

This programme includes 105 hours based in a relevant parks and gardens industry operation.

When you graduate, you will be ready to take on a job as an amenity gardener, collection curator, grounds persons or amenity contractor.

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 NZ2674-03

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 Services (Level 4) 

with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, and Sports Turf

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 Parks and Gardens.


Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (130 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 parks and gardens tasks.

862.412 Parks and Gardens Development and Quality (35 credits)

Carry out the development of parks and garden spaces, work safely tools and machinery in parks and gardens, ensure quality assurance of parks and gardens through the growing seasons, keep amenity records throughout the growing seasons.

862.413 Seasonal Management of Parks and Gardens (30 credits)

Plan and manage seasonal management plans in parks and gardens situation, carry out regeneration plantings, plan and manage the seasonal management of plants in parks and gardens.

Career opportunities

Amenity Gardener, Collection Curator, Grounds Persons, Amenity Contractor

Further training or study

New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5) which leads to a strand in Landscape Construction

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.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.