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NZ Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Crop Production) (Level 4)

** Some Course Details May Change ** As part of our move into Te Pūkenga we’re excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This programme is part of a three-way collaboration with EIT, Wintec, and Toi Ohomai. Study at your nominated campus while benefitting from being part of a wider study group.

Study Options

Online, Part-time


1 year


Level 4

Develop a career in organic horticulture

Gain the skills and knowledge to grow your understanding of organic crop production to give you the tools to work within this growing sector. The collaborative design of this programme allows you to build on different experiences and networks. Learn alongside like-minded people while sharing knowledge of different production operations from inside and out of your region.

Class days will run on Tuesdays from your local campus with practical days run on your nominated organic production property or site.

There are four compulsory workshops based in Tauranga (Biodiversity, Organic Principles and Certification, Soil and Nutrient Management, and Organic Crop Production).


You will learn from talented tutors and industry professionals while getting stuck into a highly engaged and practical learning environment. Turn theory into practice within your own nominated site or at the Toi Ohomai campus market garden.

You’ll cover topics such as organic certification principles and standards, soil and nutrient management, biodiversity and cropping system management over the course of the year.

Course delivery is face-to-face and online and you will attend interesting and inspirational field trips within the organic industry to see how organics is making a meaningful difference to the world.

You’ll be required to attend four workshops based in Tauranga at the Toi Ohomai campus (dates TBC):  

  • Biodiversity: understand biodiversity improvement practices and apply management strategies to improve biodiversity within an organic production system
  • Organic Principles and Certification: understand organic principles and compliance requirements and identify how these are applied to successful organic primary production operations
  • Soil and Nutrient Management: understand soil health practices and apply management strategies to improve soil quality and nutrient availability
  • Organic Crop Production: carry out specific production activities to implement and monitor an organic crop plan over a full production season

Your future career and study opportunities

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Land-based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) and the NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and may lead on to qualifications in agriculture, horticulture or environmental management at Level 5 or above.

As a graduate of this qualification your career opportunities can include:

  • Organic fruit production
  • Organic grower
  • Market gardener
  • Orchardist
  • Vineyard supervisor
  • Team leader
  • Organic crop supervisor, monitor or leading hand
  • Organic nursery specialist


The next course starts:

  • 9th October 2023


Entry requirements

English language 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 | Te Pūkenga. 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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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.