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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) with strands in Fruit Production, Indoor Crop Production, Nursery Production, Outdoor Crop Production, Post-Harvest, and Wine Growing
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 90 - 125
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Horticulture and Viticulture » Horticulture
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification is intended for people who are experienced workers in the horticulture industry who want to develop their skills and knowledge to supervise day to day operations in horticulture production.

It recognizes the specific skills and knowledge of individuals who can, in a self-managed capacity, take responsibility for the daily operations in a horticulture production sector.

Graduates will be able to work independently and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

The qualification includes strands that recognises the distinct skills and knowledge for specific horticulture production sectors.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills relevant to a horticulture sector.

Graduates of the Fruit Production strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor sustainable fruit production operations to achieve production goals and standards.
- Implement and monitor a sustainable fruit crop protection programme to meet production goals and standards.
- Implement and monitor sustainable fruit crop management techniques to optimise fruit production.

Graduates of the Indoor Crop Production strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor seasonal tasks to achieve production goals and standards for indoor crop production.
- Apply knowledge of environmental factors and sustainable practices to implement and monitor indoor crop management techniques to optimise crop performance and yield.

Graduates of the Nursery Production strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor nursery operations to achieve production goals and standards.
- Apply knowledge of environmental factors and sustainable practices to implement and monitor nursery crop management systems.

Graduates of the Outdoor Crop Production strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor seasonal tasks to achieve production goals and standards for outdoor crop production.
- Apply knowledge of environmental factors and sustainable practices to implement and monitor outdoor crop management techniques to optimise crop performance and yield.

Graduates of the Post-Harvest strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor post-harvest operations to achieve production goals.
- Implement and monitor standards to achieve production goals.

Graduates of the Wine Growing strand will also be able to:
- Implement and monitor sustainable wine growing operations to achieve grape quality specifications.
- Implement and monitor a sustainable wine grape protection programme to achieve grape quality specifications.
- Monitor and assess sustainable wine growing techniques to achieve desirable wine quality.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3), strands Fruit Production, Indoor Production, Outdoor Crop Production, Nursery Production and Wine Growing [Ref: 2678].

This qualification may lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5), strands Fruit Production, Indoor Crop Production, Outdoor Crop Production, Nursery Production and Wine Growing [Ref: 2666].
Entry Requirements
None
Education Organisation 8 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2676
Status Current
Created May 2015
Next Review November 2025

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