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National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code NC1471

Programme Update

New Students

The Open Polytechnic is no longer able to accept new enrolments for this programme.

New students who are seeking to obtain skills and knowledge in soil composition, structure and texture, plant processes and plant propagation are advised to apply to enrol in OP3306 Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Management of Plants and Soils. This programme is offered fees-free.

This certificate is an achievement award that does not directly lead to a New Zealand qualification however tertiary providers may credit the components after reviewing and mapping the content assessed against course/s within a formal qualification. The Open Polytechnic recognises completion of OP3306 as being equivalent to completing the HOR300 and HOR301 towards NZ2677 New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3).

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in this programme prior to 22 May 2017 you can continue to enrol in your remaining courses.  

A reminder that the last date to meet the requirements of this qualification is 31 December 2019. 

This means that you must have all of your assessment submitted by 10 November 2019 so that we may record your final results by 31 December 2019. 

We encourage you to complete as soon as possible to be awarded the National Certificate.

Overview

Gardens and horticultural areas will flourish in your care with the skills you learn from the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3. Whether you enjoy gardening, are already working in the industry or seeking a horticulture role, this certificate is sure to grow your knowledge and skills

You will learn about:

  • growing plants from seeds and cuttings

  • soils and fertilisers

  • how to plant and prune trees and shrubs

  • how to identify weeds, pests and diseases

There are also a range of optional courses that you can choose to match your interests.

The elective unit standards offered in this certificate will give you the flexibility to tailor your learning to suit your job interests.

Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you can apply to receive the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3. You’ll also be able to move into further education and training in horticulture and put the skills you’ve learnt into practice.

To complete this qualification you will need access to a garden or a horticultural or agricultural area.

For more information please read our FAQs

Career Opportunities

Following completion of NC1471 National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Open Polytechnic you could seek employment at an entry level in the horticulture industry.

Fee free offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. Ensure you also read the Terms and conditions tab.



For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Gardens and horticultural areas will flourish in your care with the skills you learn from the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3. Whether you enjoy gardening, are already working in the industry or seeking a horticulture role, this certificate is sure to grow your knowledge and skills. You’ll learn about growing plants from seeds and cuttings; soils and fertilisers; how to plant and prune trees and shrubs; and how to identify weeds, pests and diseases. There are also a range of optional courses that you can choose to match your interests.

Access to a garden

To complete this qualification you will need access to a garden or a horticultural or agricultural area. You cannot enrol in this qualification unless you have access to a garden or a horticultural or agricultural area.

Study options

You can study horticulture either by 100% distance learning using our specially developed learning materials, or you can attend workshops with a horticulture tutor that supplements the distance learning material. The workshops are available in Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch. For more information, please contact us.

Are you a re-enrolling student?

If you're a re-enrolling student of our horticulture programmes and need to register for a workshop, click on the workshop registration link below.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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