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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Fruit Production, Garden Centre, Indoor Crop Production, Landscape Construction, Nursery Production, Outdoor Crop Production, Post-Harvest, Sports Turf, and Wine Growing
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 55 - 90
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Horticulture and Viticulture » Horticulture
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification is intended for people who may have some general experience or have a desire to work in the horticulture industry who want to develop their skills and knowledge in a specific horticultural industry sector.

It recognises the skills and knowledge of individuals who can assist with a range of core tasks, under limited supervision relevant to a horticulture industry sector.

Graduates will be able to work under limited supervision with responsibility for work outcomes.

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

- Work as an effective member of a team, including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues relevant to a role in the horticulture sector.

Graduates of the Amenity strand will also be able to:
- Carry out routine maintenance of plants and gardens, parks, and open spaces.
- Apply knowledge of horticultural science to amenity practices.

Graduates of the Arboriculture strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of equipment use and maintenance, and basic climber support and climbing techniques to carry out routine arboriculture duties and site clean-up.
- Apply knowledge of basic tree physiology to carry out routine tree planting and care.

Graduates of the Cemetery strand will also be able to:
- Dig, reinstate, disinter, shore, and maintain graves.

Graduates of the Fruit Production strand will also be able to:
- Carry out routine seasonal fruit production tasks.

Graduates of the Garden Centre strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of plant growth cycles and seasonal plant requirements to provide customer service in a garden centre.
- Carry out routine garden centre activities including maintaining inventory, merchandise and plants and plant displays.

Graduates of the Indoor Crop Production strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of indoor crop growing systems and plant cycles to perform routine indoor crop production tasks.

Graduates of the Landscape Construction strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of site requirements, and hard and soft landscaping to carry out routine tasks associated with the implementation of a landscape design.

Graduates of the Nursery Production strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of nursery growing systems and plant cycles to carry out routine nursery production tasks.

Graduates of the Outdoor Crop Production strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of outdoor crop growing cycles and plant requirements to perform routine seasonal outdoor crop production tasks.

Graduates of the Post-Harvest strand will also be able to:
- Carry out operational tasks within post-harvest production systems.

Graduates of the Sports Turf strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of turf plant health, pest, weeds and disease, nutrients, water, and artificial and hybrid surfaces to carry out routine maintenance of sports surfaces.
- Operate a range of specialised sports turf machinery, and irrigation systems to maintain sports turf surfaces consistent with enterprise and sports code specifications.

Graduates of the Wine Growing strand will also be able to:
- Carry out routine annual wine growing tasks.
- Carry out specific wine growing techniques that have a desirable impact on wine quality.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) with optional strand in Self-Management and Employability Skills (Ref: 2218); or New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) [Ref: 2677].

This qualification may lead to the relevant strand of the 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 [Ref: 2676]; or the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Garden Centre, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, and Sports Turf [Ref: 2674].
Entry Requirements
N/A
Education Organisation 13 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 2678
Status Current
Created August 2015
Last Reviewed August 2015
Next Review November 2025

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