Horticulture Trainee Programme [Levels 2-4]

Study Options



3 and half years


Level 2-4

Grow your Career

The Horticulture Trainee programme is a part-time programme which offers you stimulating studies and provides a pathway to further your career in many aspects of horticulture, particularly in fruit production. Our qualifications are designed around industry requirements that as a graduate will see you seamlessly transfer your skills and knowledge in current employment and provide career pathways for progression in the industry.

Please note: Students must be committed to be employed within the fruit production industry for the duration of the programme. Students currently employed in a horticulture business, and also students interested in combining this programme with employment in the fruit production industry are invited to apply.



During the length of your studies you will complete the following approved NZQA qualifications:

Year One

■ New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) 40 credits.
■ New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3) 45 credits.

Year Two

■ New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 3) 75 credits.

Year Three

■ New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 4) 90 credits.

The programme is designed to:

■ Raise skill levels of horticultural staff.
■ Provide stimulating collegial support for workers in horticulture.
■ Offer work-place based training with supported theory study at EIT.
■ Provide a pathway for ongoing and further study in horticulture.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at either our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti 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

During and on successful completion of this qualification you will have gained skills that provide an employment pathway into the following positions:

■ Orchard Leading Hand
■ Foreman
■ Manager
■ Future Owner/Operator

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this programme you may choose to continue your studies by enrolling in the:

New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management

New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production)


9 January (please contact the Programme Coordinator for other entry points: Gordon Reid Ph: (06) 830 1851, Email )


Entry requirements

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti 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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.