New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture – Fruit Production

Level 3


Level of study

Level 3

Cost (incl GST)

Was from $1,173, now from $586.50*


13 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

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Vehicle, machinery and agri-chemical units available at an additional cost. 

Non-funded fee: $4,327.59. 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.


The Level 3 Fruit Production programme sets learners up with the essentials they need to be successful in their role.

Learners can also complete this programme as the first year of a New Zealand Apprenticeship.

Learning outcomes

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 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.

Enrolment Forms

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Get up to 50% off* fees in 2024

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