New Zealand Apprenticeship in Fruit Production

Includes: New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) - Fruit Production, New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) - Fruit Production


Level of study

Level 3 and Level 4

Cost (incl GST)

From $2,580.60*


28 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

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The apprenticeship programme starts at Level 3 which sets learners up with the essentials they need to be successful in their role. Once completed, the Level 4 part of the apprenticeship is suitable for those who want to gain the skills to step up into supervising day-to-day operations, take on more responsibility and have the potential to move into a role supervising staff. 

Learning outcomes

Level 3 graduates will be able to:  

  • Work as an effective team member using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills and apply safe work practices. 
  • Carry out routine seasonal plant production tasks.
  • Carry out routine crop harvesting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors influencing plant growing cycles and basic soil science.
  • Carry out routine maintenance tasks.
  • Identify and report signs of weeds, plant pests, diseases, and disorders.
  • Control weeds, plant pests and diseases.

New topics for level 3 graduates include:

  • Describe compost making and make compost in organic horticulture.
  • Prune mature fruit trees.
  • Train and prune young fruit trees.
  • Describe weather, climate and micro-climate characteristics, and interpret weather maps.

Level 4 graduates will be able to:

  • Supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Implement and monitor fruit production operations to achieve production goals and standards. 
  • Implement and monitor a horticulture crop protection plan to meet production goals and standards.
  • Implement and monitor fruit crop management techniques to optimise fruit production. 

Enrolment Forms

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