Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme (Level 3-4)

Incorporating the NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Specialist Equipment and Infrastructure) (Level 3), NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 3) and NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4).

Study Options



3.5 years (Hawke's Bay) | 2 years (Tairāwhiti)


Level 3-4

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Grow your potential

The EIT | Te Pūkenga Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme is designed for people working in the fruit industry to gain formal qualifications and improve all aspects of their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. The apprenticeship programme is supported by industry and can lead to a worthwhile career. You will learn about pests and diseases, machinery, soils, irrigation and other relevant skills.

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


Hawke's Bay offering (3.5 years)

Tairāwhiti offering (2 years)


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Entry with credit

Your future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of the Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme you may choose to continue your studies by enrolling in the:

  • NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 5)

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Orchard leading hand
  • Foreman
  • Manager
  • Future owner/operator


Hawke’s Bay

There is one entry date per year:

  • January – please contact the Programme Coordinator for other entry points: Clare Buckner on 06 830 1122 or cbuckner@eit.ac.nz 


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Please note: This programme does not have holidays and it is also not semesterised. It does have a break however, during the harvest season. 

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus




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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.