Recognising the emerging need for trained horticultural staff in the country on the one hand and our in-house capability to provide hands-on practical and high quality training on the other hand, we are offering teaching/training in Horticulture production leading to National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 (Advanced). This qualification is in transition and will shortly be restructured as the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Level 5. Students will be able to transfer their achievements to this new qualification.
The study programme will be split in to four semesters, each semester running over 20 weeks. Adequate breaks will be allowed for students and teachers to complete any pending work and prepare for the following semester. The teaching curriculum will start with developing basic understanding of the growing systems and gradually move to the practical aspects and complex issues as students progress to the higher stages.
While students work through this programme they will also achieve two other national qualifications: the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 at the end of the first year and the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 at the end of the third semester.
The course material consists of ‘Unit standards’ of different credit value (2-20 credits) at levels (2 or 3 or 4). These units will be grouped together in a logical manner and a certain number of units will be delivered in each semester on the following lines
The students can progress to higher studies like National Certificate in Horticulture L5 (Operations), NCH L5 ( Technical) and then NCH L6. The details of these qualifications are being finalised by Primary ITO
The certificate holders will be eligible for jobs in the fields of Vegetable production (Greenhouse and open-field), nursery production and plant propagation, cut flower production, organics, nursery retailing and Garden centres, parks and reserves, conservation and green keeping, indoor plant hire, landscape maintenance, re-vegetation and council work.
The teaching will involve a high component of practical learning. It is anticipated that most of the students will be working for 20 hours/week in horticultural enterprises. Apprenticeship can also be arranged if required. In summary, at the completion of their course, the trainees will have theoretical background, practical skills and are fully prepared to take up different operational jobs in the horticulture industry.