New Zealand Apprenticeship in Outdoor Crop Production

Level 3 and Level 4


Level of study

Level 3 and Level 4

Cost (incl GST)

From $2,580.60*


34 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

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Non-funded fee from: $12,521.86. Please note, this fee will only apply for non-funded learners – learners who are not employed in the industry, do not meet the entry requirements of the programme, or are not classed as “domestic learners” under the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding rules. For more information, visit the TEC website here.


Ideal for learners working in the industry with some general work experience and have a desire to develop a career in Outdoor Crop Production. 

Skills allow learners to work in a self-managed capacity with some responsibility for other staff and have an overview of key aspects of outdoor vegetable production operations.

The New Zealand Apprenticeship includes:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) - Outdoor Crop Production
  • New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) - Outdoor Crop Production

This programme takes 34 months to complete and learners can start anytime.

Learning outcomes

The New Zealand Apprenticeship in Outdoor Crop Production is available as either a composite level 3 and 4 programme, or level 4 only. By the end of training apprentices will have learned the skills to:

  • supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • implement and monitor outdoor crop production operations to achieve production goals and standards, including:
    • operational tasks from planting to harvesting including pest and disease management, agrichemical use and understanding plant growing cycles
    • quality standards and regulatory requirements
    • production goals
    • crop production activities
    • regular management reports
    • routine maintenance scheduling
    • sustainable production techniques
    • environmental risk management
    • crop harvesting plans
  • implement and monitor an outdoor crop protection plan to meet production goals and standards including:
    • managing agrichemicals in accordance with NZS 8409:2004
  • implement and monitor outdoor vegetable production management techniques to optimise crop production including:
    • plant biology
    • plant management techniques used to optimise production
    • standard operating procedures.

Enrolment Forms

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