New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) in Arboriculture

Programme highlights

Not afraid of heights? Love the outdoors?  Then a career caring for trees could be for you.

With a career in arboriculture no two days are the same.

You could be scaling a 20-metre-high tree one day and planting Titoki trees the next.

You will develop specialist skills around residential tree care, planting, pruning, removal and felling.

You will also learn about the safe use and maintenance of the tools of the trade such as climbing gear and chainsaws.

When you graduate, you will be ready to take on a job as an arborist or become a self-employed contractor.

Your skills will be in demand in New Zealand and overseas.

As an MIT graduate you will be in a great position to start work in this exciting and physically challenging industry thanks to our relationship with Treescape. Treescape is New Zealand’s largest arboriculture provider and has been awarded the contract to provide ecological and arboriculture services to Auckland Council across the region.

Treescape has been hiring MIT students to fill these job vacancies.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees $6,200 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2674-01
Duration

One year (full-time) or two years (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 120
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Arboriculture at MIT

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for Domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

Career opportunities

Arborist, Climbing Arborist, Practitioner Arborist, Utility Arborist

Programme structure

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

861.372 Plants and Grounds Persons Duties (35 credits)

Demonstrate communication skills, interact with team members and colleagues, select and plant plants, using and maintaining arboriculture tools, carrying out site clean-up and grounds person’s duties.

Level 4

862.401 Work Placement (30 credits)

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

862.414 Climbing and Chainsaws (35 credits)

Using climbing gear and equipment, demonstrating climbing techniques, using and maintaining chainsaws, work safely in an arboriculture situation and carrying out maintenance of trees.

862.415 Advanced Tree Climbing (20 credits)

Carry out routine tree maintenance, carry out rescue techniques at height, working safely around utilities and power lines.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the MIT calendar and key dates.

Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 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 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 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.