Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General)
NZQF Level 3

About the course

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the horticulture sector with graduates who have a theoretical knowledge of plant and soils science, and growing systems and environments, to underpin practical capability in a range of horticulture sectors.

Graduates will benefit by having a breadth of horticulture knowledge and transferable skills valued by the horticulture community which will facilitate improved performance in the workplace and career progression, including to higher levels of study.

The horticulture sector will benefit from being able to recruit graduates who have an understanding of the underpinning science and growing practices used in a wide range of horticulture contexts.

This qualification is designed to be flexible enough to reflect regional and sector variations in demand for transferable skills and knowledge.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision in the horticulture community with responsibility for work outcomes.

About the provider

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's leader in online and distance learning.

What’s our distance learning difference? It’s the almost 30,000 students who join us each year to study and achieve their career and personal goals.

It’s Open Polytechnic being New Zealand’s specialist distance learning provider for over 70 years. 


All our students study by distance.

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Our programmes are designed exclusively for distance learning. Our online courses include a range of rich content to engage you – readings, videos, interactive elements, case studies, quizzes and activities, and forums.


Our academic staff are experts at teaching by distance learning. It’s what they do.

They will be with you every step of the way to encourage you, and ensure you understand the course content. They will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need, so that you can succeed.


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