New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

It is the first step towards a career in Horticulture. It is also suitable for anyone with an interest in horticulture who would like to grow plants more successfully. Full time with student allowances* or part time with evening classes and weekend practical workshops. Fees Free for eligible learners*.
*Conditions and eligibility criteria apply.

Key Info


Level 3


40 weeks (part time)




NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident


Mangere, Papakura, Mangere, North Shore Delivery Centre, Tauranga, Henderson


Fees free for eligible domestic students

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Course Details

What are the benefits

This programme is a broad and deep introduction to horticulture that will support employment in a wide range of areas across the horticultural industry. It is also suited to hobbyist horticulturalists keen to learn skills that they can use in their own orchards and gardens.

Graduates leave with a thorough understanding of plants and soils, as theoretical knowledge underpins all practical skills gained.

Content includes ways to look after your soil, and the different options in managing pests, weeds, and plant diseases. A very popular module requires students to propagate plants by many different techniques including seeds, cuttings, and grafting.

Study can be undertaken either full-time or part-time, allowing for flexible study around your work and home commitments.

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Students testimonials

Enrolling for the horticulture course run by John Grant at Skills Update was one of the best decisions I have made. John is a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge and it has been a privilege to be a part of his class.”


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