New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

Qualification code NZ2218

The New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills Level 2 qualification is part of the new generation of horticulture courses that can help those employed in horticulture sectors get on the education ladder.

Our Primary Industry sectors, Agriculture and Horticulture are our second and third top export income earners and this qualification will enhance job prospects for those looking for full time work and give employers a worker with core knowledge and skills they can build on.

This is perfectly designed for those taking their first steps in growing and maintaining plants, food crops, parks and gardens and be rewarded for their efforts with a nationally recognised qualification.

Once you have successfully completed this programme you can move into further education and training in horticulture and put the skills you’ve learnt into practice.

Special Requirements

To complete this programme you will need to be employed or volunteer part or full time in a horticultural or agricultural sector.

Fee free offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. Please read the Fee free tab for full information on this offer.

  • Level 2  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $0 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

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


You will learn about

•             Collecting and identifying plants

•             Pruning trees and shrubs

•             Servicing tools and machinery

•             Health and safety in the workplace

•             Soils and fertilisers

•             Growsafe certification

•             Mowing and maintaining grassed areas

•             Planting and maintaining a garden or crop


Access to a horticultural work place

You need access to a park, reserve, garden, horticultural or agricultural area that requires ongoing maintenance of crops, trees, lawns or you cannot enrol in this programme.

Other requirements

To complete this programme you will need to be employed or volunteer part or full time in a horticultural or agricultural sector. You can contact us on freephone 0508 650 200  or email customerservices@openpolytechnic.ac.nz if you require further information. 

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.

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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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