NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


20 weeks


Level 3

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Grow a career in horticulture

With the EIT | Te Pūkenga NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) you will learn the fundamentals of growing a range of plants in a variety of environments.

A mix of theory and practical learning, you will learn about propagation and cultivation, growing systems, pests and disease, soils and plant science along with useful gardening skills.


This horticulture programme is ideal for people who want to increase their horticulture knowledge, whether it be to propagate their own plants or grow their own food.

The general horticulture knowledge and skills you will gain in this programme can lead to employment in the horticulture industry.

The programme has a mix of theory and practice and you will propagate plants in the EIT | Te Pūkenga glasshouse and grow plants in out outdoor garden. You will learn about pests and disease, soils, plant science and useful gardening skills. This programme gives you an excellent skill base for further study at higher levels.

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of plant and soils science to the identification, selection and growing of plants.
  • Apply knowledge of growing systems and environments to the establishment and growing of plants.

Your future career and study opportunities

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2). This qualification will also be suitable for small block owners or for mature learners who wish to gain knowledge of horticultural science in a range of general horticulture growing systems and practices.

As a graduate of this qualification you may be employed or self-employed, and/or move flexibly between a range of horticultural enterprises.

Study pathway

This qualification may lead on to:

  • NZ Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3)
  • NZ Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 3)
  • NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5)
  • NZ Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 5)


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.