New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture – Nursery Production

Level 3


Level of study

Level 3

Cost (incl GST)

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


12 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

*Get up to 50% off fees in 2024, only applies to funded learner fees. Learn more here.

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

Non-funded fee from: $4,122.75. 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.


This programme has been refreshed for 2024 to include units that better meet the needs of the nursery production sector, while providing a better learning pathway for those learners new to the sector. New topics include a focus on effective irrigation, recycling, and other refreshed units to help manage resources in a nursery production business. For more information, contact your local Training Adviser here.

Learners will explore more of the detail and science around steering nursery plants to a robust and healthy outcome, be hands on, learning about machinery operation and workflow management. Learners will also be able to identify diseases and pests, and how to give and get the best through great teamwork.

The programme includes four off-job tutorial days (excluding vehicles and GrowSafe).

This qualification is available as part of a New Zealand Apprenticeship in Nursery Production.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision with responsibility for work outcomes and will be able to:

  • work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues
  • carry out routine plant care tasks in nursery production
  • operate machinery for nursery work
  • demonstrate understanding of workflow management in a horticulture production operation
  • demonstrate understanding of factors affecting plant growing cycles and basic soil science
  • identify and report signs of weeds, plant pests, diseases, and disorders
  • carry out control of plant pests and diseases, including safe use of agri-chemicals
  • pack and despatch nursery products.

Enrolment Forms

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Get up to 50% off* fees in 2024

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