NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) [Level 3]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


17-20 weeks


Level 3

Grow a Career in Horticulture

If you enjoy working outdoors then this is the qualification for you. It is a mix of theory and hands on practical training that teaches the fundamentals of horticulture, plant science and naming, pest and disease, soils and gardening skills. This programme gives you an excellent skill base for personal use, further study at a higher level or in a specialist field.


With this programme you’ll get the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and really get stuck in. You’ll find yourself skilling up in botany and soil classes or getting your hands dirty in the shade house, greenhouses or garden plots. There are also extensive plantings on-campus providing you with additional learning opportunities.

The subjects you’ll study are:

  • Plant science
  • Growing environments
  • Plant health
  • Propagation and cultivation
  • Growing systems

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

This programme aims to provide you with the broad knowledge and skills necessary for entry level employment or further study in the horticulture field. Upon graduation possible employment includes:

  • Garden centre employee
  • Horticultural contractor
  • Horticultural merchandiser
  • Nursery assistant
  • Parks and reserves gardener
  • Self-employment


February and various start dates throughout the year.


Entry requirements and entry with credit

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

When you have successfully completed this programme you may continue your studies with the Diploma in Horticulture, NZ Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices, and the NZ Certificate in Sustainability Primary Production.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. 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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Hawke’s Bay Campus


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