With this entry level qualification you will develop the skills that will see you contribute safely and effectively to a primary industry sector. Flexible delivery options allow this qualification to suit both those that are looking to upskill or for those looking to start their career in primary industries. Whether you are pursuing a career in horticulture, as a graduate, you will have the introductory practical skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen career pathway. On completion of this programme, you can pursue entry-level roles in the primary industry sector, or undertake further study in horticulture related disciplines.
This qualification provides entry level skills for those beginning a career in the primary industries. It is an applied practical programme with most learning happening outside the classroom at local community gardens or Marae or orchards. Students must be prepared to get their hands dirty and be able to complete physical work. EIT offers two different focus areas of this qualification.
Focus Area 1- Introductory Horticulture – subject areas; plant propagation, small machinery, pests and diseases, outdoor plot preparation.
Focus Area 2 – Fruit Production – subject areas; pests and diseases, thinning, pruning, spraying and fruit harvesting.
The 12 week fulltime programme consists of 10 weeks teaching and 2 weeks holiday.
You will need a pair of boots, preferably steel caps, for this course.
Offered in conjunction with:
- NZ Certificate in Land Based Sustainable Practices
- NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General)
- NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure)
Various start dates throughout the year.
This is an open entry programme which means no formal qualifications are required. You must be aged 16 or over and you are required to have a reasonable reading level in order to cope with the programme and to carry out written instruction.
You must also be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.
Career Opportunities and Outcomes
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to obtain entry level roles in the primary sector, for example:
- Pack house hand
- Relief milker
- Junior farm assistant
- Orchard worker
- Vineyard hand
- Assistant gardener
- Nursery worker
This qualification is an entry pathway for learners without qualifications who are seeking employment, or are newly employed, in the primary industries.
On successful completion you may choose to continue with your studies by enrolling in the;
- New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainable Practices (Level 3)