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NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Post-harvest) (Level 5)

Study Options



2-4 years


Level 5

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Grow your career

The NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Post-harvest) [Level 5] has been developed with industry to provide specialist technical skills and knowledge in the post harvest sector.

You will develop an overview of the management of all post harvest operations, this will prepare you for more senior management roles. You will learn about the individual topics, but also develop your confidence, management skills and self-awareness to become a better manager.

You will be given access to a range of resources and industry experts during the programme that will enhance your understanding and build on skills you may already have.


As a graduate of the NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Post-harvest) (Level 5) you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the leadership and relationship management with team members and clients using a range of effective interpersonal skills relevant to the post harvest sector.
  • Plan and manage post harvest operations to achieve production goals.
  • Plan and manage post harvest quality standards and requirements.
  • Understand quality standards and how physiology and storage can affect quality outcomes.
  • Be able to manage an audit and manage inventory.
  • Have an understanding of health and safety law and HACCP principles.
  • Manage plant and machinery and optimize efficiency

Subject areas

  • Human resource management and leadership skills
  • Quality control, auditing and planning
  • Operational planning and management
  • Market requirements, assurance and inventory management
  • Physiology and storage
  • Plant and machinery management
  • Health and safety and HACCP

Your future career and study opportunities

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4).

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Production and Quality Control Manager
  • Coolstore and Inventory Manager
  • Packhouse Technical Manager and Operations Manager
  • Logistics and Development Manager



There is one entry date per year:

  • July


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Entry with credit

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