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Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology


Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology

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New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
Both one year and two year
Start date: April-2021
Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology
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The programme have been developed to meet the operational needs of horticultural producers on one hand, and statutory requirements of quality, safety and traceability of the ‘greens supply chain’ on the other hand. The programmes are delivered on-site on a commercial production site and the students learn hands-on and practical skills. With this knowledge and skills, students have been filling up positions in different aspects and levels of the horticultural industry, with minimal on-job training.

The programme is designed to enable graduates to work autonomously and apply
their technical skills and knowledge to manage horticulture production operations to maximise effectiveness and roughout the programme, there will be continuous emphasis and training provided on workplace safety, quality and tractability, cultural sensitivities, and ethics in work place and social life.

Students will also be given options to study for ‘Growsafe and Approved Handler’ certification and ‘Fork Lift Driving License’. Students will be directed to registered and recognised external providers for this study.

Job Opportunities:

The horticulture qualification holders will be eligible for jobs in the areas of vegetable production, nursery production and plant propagation, cut flower production, nursery retailing and garden centers, parks and reserves, conservation and green keeping, indoor plant hire, landscape maintenance, re-vegetation and council work.

Further Study:

Graduates will be able to progress to higher studies such as the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production Level 6 and New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Management.

Offers four intakes a year: First week of January, April, July and October

Entry criteria

  • Age 18 or above

  • Achievement of NCEA Level 2 or Senior Secondary (At least year 12) or equivalent

  • Physical fit to undertake practical aspects of the programme (About 60-65% of the programme will involve field work)

  • Work experience in horticulture

Additional admission requirements for international students are:

  • English language competency as demonstrated by achievement of IELTS (Academic) overall band score of 5.5 (with no band lower than 5) or PTE score of 42 with no band score less than 36, or equivalent
  • Compliance with the New Zealand Immigration Service requirements for granting of a Student Visa

Applications for 2 years: Two months before start date from overseas


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