Qualification Overview

Qualification Title National Certificate in Horticulture (Practical) (Level 1)
Qualification Type National Certificate
Level 1
Credits 40
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Horticulture and Viticulture » Horticulture
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries » Horticulture
Strategic Purpose Statement
The National Certificate in Horticulture (Practical) (Level 1) [Ref: 1470] recognises the capability of holders to acquire basic skills and knowledge in the area of horticulture that they are employed in. It is a qualification for people starting out in the horticulture industry or those employed in seasonal work and contracting, and recognises the skills required for practical workplace application. On completion they will be able to carry out repetitive and familiar practical tasks under direct supervision.

The elective structure of this qualification provides flexibility to tailor programmes that reflect their particular area/s of employment. In addition to basic horticulture skills it may include the use of chainsaws, forklifts, tractors, motorcycles, and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). An important aspect of basic skills acquisition is gaining knowledge of the associated safety requirements applicable to horticulture situations.

This qualification is not a prerequisite for higher level National Certificates in Horticulture, however the higher level certificates do build on the skills and knowledge recognised in this qualification. People intending to progress to the following higher level certificates should bear this in mind when choosing electives:
. National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2) [Ref: 1013]
. National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with an optional strand in Cemetery [Ref: 1471]
. National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) with optional strands in Amenity Horticulture, Fruit Production, Landscape, Nursery Production, Postharvest, Viticulture, and Vegetable Production [Ref: 1014]
. National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Level 4) with strands in Amenity Horticulture, Fruit Production, Landscape, Nursery Production, Postharvest, Production Horticulture, Viticulture, and Vegetable Production [Ref: 1015].
Education pathways
Further education within EIT programmes.
Employment pathways
Garden centre employee, horticultural contractor, horticultural merchandiser, landscaper, landscape construction employee, orchard worker, nursery assistant, parks and reserves gardener.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
The National Certificate in Horticulture (Introduction) is an open entry programme which means no formal academic qualifications are required. Students must be aged 16 years and over.
Developed By Primary Industry Training Organisation
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 1470
Status Discontinued
Created January 2009
Last Reviewed December 2015
Last Date For Entry December 2018
Discontinued December 2020

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