Arboriculture and landscape construction

Goodbye fees, study arboriculture and landscape construction for free.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, you can now study some of our arboriculture and landscape construction programmes for free^.

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If you love nature, it doesn't get better than a career in working in the outdoors.

Whether it's landscaping or caring for trees, the arboriculture and landscape construction industries have a range of roles. You could work here in New Zealand or take your skills overseas.

Get hands-on skills and gain real-world experience as you specialise in arboriculture (tree maintenance) or landscape construction.

Meet our lecturers

Potential jobs
JobAverage salary»

$17 - $22 per hour (with 1-5 years’ experience)

$22 - $35 per hour (with more than 5 years’ experience)

Gardener $16 - $30 per hour
Grounds person

$31k - $60k per year (groundskeepers)

$60k - $100k per year (highly experienced senior groundskeepers)

Landscape gardener

$16 - $23 per hour (with 1-2 years’ experience)

$35 - $40 per hour (with more than 2 years’ experience)

»Sourced from January 2018

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 the 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.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

Why choose MIT?

We provide some of the most practically based horticultural training programmes in New Zealand.

Our facilities include 1,800 square metres of greenhouse, where a wide range of nursery, cut flower and hydroponic crops are grown. Our outdoor facilities include a vegetable garden and an extensive nursery, including trees, shrubs, perennials and bedding plants that are sold to the public. Our students also take regular field trips as part of our programmes.

Whatever your education or work history, you can enter at a level that suits your specific needs. You can choose from a range of certificate and diploma qualifications, with both part-time and full-time study that can fit around your work or family commitments.


The following programme is available in this area of study:

Level 3

^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.