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

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1 semester
Start date: February-2021
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In this programme students will study the essentials of Landscape Garden Design, learning the knowledge and skills they need to be able to design and produce professional residential garden plans.

Students will learn the introductory theory and principles of design and graphic representation, and get to know plants and how to design with them. Students will then learn and get to practice the real process of landscape design from client interview, site analysis and measure, through concept development, to master and planting plan presentations.


  • Garden Design Principles
  • Plants and Planting Design
  • Garden Design Representation
  • Computer Aided Garden Design
  • Garden Design Practice

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as a garden designer or small scale designer.

Graduates of the Landscape Design strand may continue on to the relevant strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5).

Entry criteria

Candidates must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Landscape Construction strand, or equivalent qualifications, or work experience to a similar level.

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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