Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) - TTAF funded

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago, Dunedin, Christchurch, Taranaki, Timaru, Blenheim, Wakefield, Tauranga and Upper Hutt (these additional block course locations are subject to approval: Whakatane, Orewa, Whangarei/Kerikeri and Gisborne)
  • Part-time (September to May)
  • Level 3
  • Starts 12 September
  • Apply now

Want to learn more about beekeeping? Apiculture is one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries and there is a high demand for this skill. Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business.

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing) (Level 4) - TTAF funded

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Hamilton, Wakefield and Tauranga (these block course locations are subject to approval: Whangarei, Gisborne))
  • Part-time (September-May)
  • Level 4
  • Starts 7 September
  • Apply 31 August

Want to gain the skills and knowledge to rear queen bees? Otago Polytechnic is the only tertiary provider who offers this industry-recognised training pathway that will enable you to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen rearing operation. Graduates will be able to work independently and could supervise others.

Level 3 General Horticulture (online) - TTAF funded

  • Online
  • One semester, full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February 2021
  • Apply anytime

Whether you enjoy gardening, want to grow food for the family or are already working in the horticulture industry and need to understand the horticultural science which underpins the growing of horticultural crops, this fully-supported online programme is perfect for you. It provides a great pathway into further study and careers in the horticulture industry such as orchards, vineyards, plant nurseries and garden centres.

Level 3 Nursery Production (industry-based) - TTAF funded

  • Online and in your workplace
  • Two to three years part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

Level 3 Landscape Construction and Amenity Horticulture (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

With your enjoyment of working outdoors, your planning and organisational skills and your eye for detail, why not get paid for doing what your love? This programme will give you the work-ready skills you need to enter the horticulture industry, focusing on the amenity and landscaping sectors. Field trips and work experience are integral to this programme. Graduates will achieve both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

Level 3 General and Amenity Horticulture (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Do you want to enter the horticulture industry? This qualification will give you the work-ready skills needed to do just this in a range of sectors. Field trips and work experience are a key part of this programme. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Level 3 High country farming (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Central Otago
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, April and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

Level 3 and 4 Arboriculture (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Work outdoors and enjoy a hands-on, physical job. Arborists are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. This industry-standard qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights including tree removal. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Arboriculture) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Arboriculture).

Level 3 and 4 Nursery and Fruit Production (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Central Otago
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February, April, and July
  • Apply until start date

Looking for a way to transform your enjoyment of working outdoors into a career? Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love! This programme combines both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4).

Level 4 Sports Turf (on campus) - TTAF funded

  • Central Otago
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This is the only full-time sports turf programme on offer in New Zealand and you will benefit from our close proximity to world-class sporting venues. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Sports Turf).

Level 4 Fruit Production (industry-based) - TTAF funded

  • Online and in your workplace
  • Two to three years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

Level 5 Fruit Production (on campus/online with block courses) - TTAF funded

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (International students must study on campus)
  • One year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

Nursery and Fruit Production (international pathway)

  • Central Otago
  • Two years full time
  • Level 3, 4 and 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Progress your career in the national or international horticulture communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stone fruit, pip fruit, berry or wine grape production industries.