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New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) Level 3

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: Expected July-2020
Hamilton Gardens Campus
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Course details


This programme will give students broad introductory knowledge of the science, growing systems, and practices used in a variety of horticultural areas.

Students will gain knowledge of plant identification, maintenance and propagation in horticulture.


  • ​Workplace Health and Safety
  • ​Provide Life Support
  • Provide First Aid
  • ​Plant Nomenclature
  • ​Plant Propagation
  • Soils and Plant Growth
  • Managing First Aid in Emergency
  • ​HSNO Act
  • Botany
  • ​Amenity Plant Identification
  • Pruning and Training
  • Plant Pests and Diseases
  • Weed Identification and Control
  • Career/further opportunities
  • Entry-level employment across the horticulture industry
  • Assistant gardener
  • Groundsperson
  • Self-employed contractor

Further study:

Graduates can pathway into higher levels of learning in the specific areas of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape construction, and landscape design.

  • Applied Horticultural Services (Landscape Construction strand)
  • Applied Horticultural Services (Amenity strand)
  • Applied Horticultural Services (Arboriculture strand)

This programme is also available in regional locations.

Entry criteria

Applicants will be required to have

  • completed a minimum of three years secondary education;
  • or have a gained a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above;
  • or equivalent.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band lower than 5.0; or equivalent.


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