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New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strand in Arboriculture

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Level of study:
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7 months
Start date: July-2021
Hamilton Gardens Campus
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This programme teaches advanced technical skills around maintenance and management activities, as well as the skills for supervision and more senior roles. Projects for councils and residents will form part of the teaching, including the felling of large, difficult trees.

Students will also be involved in work experience trips to regional councils.

This programme builds on the knowledge gained in Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3), incorporating specialist techniques and understanding of arboriculture. The emphasis is on practical skills and technical expertise in tree assessment and care.

What you'll learn

Students will learn aspects of professional practise, specialist arboriculture practices and the development of more advanced skills in tree climbing, pruning, felling and dismantling. The practical skills are supported with the development of skills in tree identification, knowledge of their specific requirements and uses, and knowledge of tree biology that will allow students to evaluate amenity trees and to diagnose tree health problems.

Career/further opportunities

Arboriculture allows for an active outdoor lifestyle, with many opportunities in the industry for self-employment or advancement into management positions. The Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Arboriculture) programme can lead to employment in amenity tree management, as an Arborist (Tree Surgeon), employed by a company or local authority or as a self-employed arboriculture contractor.

Graduates would be able to continue on to the advanced level of training delivered in the Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6). There are also opportunities to become self-employed, to undertake arboriculture management positions, or options in technical fields relating to arboriculture.

Entry criteria

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 (Arboriculture strand);
Or an equivalent qualification.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don't meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good change of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

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 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36


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