Study landscaping for free^

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with a strand in Landscape Construction

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

­­Spend your day working outdoors.

Study for a career in landscaping to make the most of your love of working with your hands in the great outdoors. 

You'll get hands-on experience in landscaping. Find out how to identify plant species and learn essential safety requirements. 

When you graduate, become a landscape gardener or landscape labourer. You'll have the skills top landscaping and gardening companies are looking for.

This strand is also for anyone already working in the industry who wants to get a formal qualification.

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 TechPark

Level 3
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2678-02

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 3 years.

Study method


Credits 75
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

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).


Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (75 credits):

861.369 Plants and planting (20 credits)

Demonstrate communication skills, selecting and planting plants for use in the landscape industry.

861.371 Maintenance and care (15 credits)

Interaction with team members and colleagues, carry out routine maintenance tasks for the landscape industry.

862.404 Landscape site set-out (20 credits)

Identify simple parts of a landscape design plan, set out a landscape construction site from plans.

862.405 Hard landscaping (20 credits)

Carry out hard landscaping construction, work safely in a landscape construction situation.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the trades calendar.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include being a landscape labourer and landscape gardener. For potential salaries visit

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.