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The art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees.

Develop the skills for a career as an arborist, including climbing, rigging, identification, biology, health, appearance, pest and disease control, tree surgery, tree removal and transplanting.

Learning by Doing

There is a large practical component to these programmes. Work on real projects, go on field trips, and learn the skills you need at Hamilton Gardens to climb trees safely, carry out pruning and felling operations, use small machinery and plant out vegetation.

Work Experience and Connections

Field trips to Regional Councils for work experience, such as McLaren Falls in Tauranga will give you practical experience in tree pruning and felling. You'll also spend time at Eastwood Hill, the National Arboretum in Gisborne, experiencing various aspects of arboriculture first hand. You'll also have two days a week to supplement your studies by working in the industry.

No Better Place to Study

Wintec is New Zealand's leading training provider in arboriculture and is internationally recognised as producing world-class arborists. Part of this is down to the location of our Hamilton Gardens Campus: a 58-hectare learning environment of public gardens with an incredible variety of trees.


Typically students will study the following programmes for two years to develop the skills and knowledge to work in arboriculture.

First year

In the first year students will study the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture).

Regional students may study the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) or the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture).

Students who choose to complete their study after the first year will have the skills to work as a skilled labourer in this area.

Second year

In your second year you will study the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Arboriculture.

Higher Level

If you wish to progress to management roles, you will be able to continue to higher level study:

My Career Pathway (Horticulture) (Level 2)

Are you keen to work outside doing a bit of building, planting and tree work? Are you interested in learning to grow your own fruits and vegetables to feed your family? Then this is the course for you!

My Career Pathway (Horticulture) is a hands-on, practical programme where you will work with your class to build and create a food garden. Your classroom is not confined to just a room, but a garden where you will be doing the building, planting and growing.

You do not need any qualifications, previous experience or skills for enrol in this course. We will show you how to do everything you need to do. Join us on this pathway that will get you started with a practical life working outside.

Need help? Want to know how to get started?

Come and see us: If you would like to speak to a tutor or visit us, please make an appointment by calling 0800 294 6832.

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