New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) in Parks and Gardens

Programme highlights

If you love nature, launch your career in the parks and gardens industry.

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

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

This programme includes 105 hours based in a relevant Parks and Gardens industry operation.

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 NZ2674-03

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

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 130
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


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

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:

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

Amenity Gardener, Collection Curator, Grounds Persons, Amenity Contractor

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.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the trades calendar.

Further training or study

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

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 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.