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Landscape Design and Construction

Creative design and practical installation for outdoor places

Do you love the creativity and the outdoors? Do you want a career where you create beautiful outdoor spaces and make dreams come true? Then Landscaping is for you!

Landscapers are often self-employed and work from a home office in whatever region you desire to live! It is a growing industry with people leading busy working lives and wanting a beautiful retreat at home to escape to. Landscape Design involves meeting clients, measuring and drafting plans, designing everything outside from outdoor rooms, to pools and playgrounds, to plants and places.

Moving on from design, you can project manage the installation of your gardens, or be involved in the landscape construction building also. Landscape Construction involves the installation of designs, building the outdoor rooms, laying the surfaces, creating and planting the gardens.

It also covers managing the build jobs for those that wish to run a business and have a team under them.  It is a creative, rewarding, industry for people passionate about creating green spaces.

We offer programs in Landscape Design and Landscape Construction from Level 3 Certificates up to Level 6 Diplomas. Our programs are project based, where you work with real clients on real projects. You can study up to whatever level you would like, gaining the skills you require a step at a time.

Landscape Design Students' Award-Winning Cafe Garden Bar

Wintec's landscape design students were rewarded for their efforts at the 2016 Waikato Home and Garden Show. The landscape design students won a gold medal for their “Café Garden Bar” in the NZ Landscape Design Awards. Their creation showcased the history and heritage of local Waikato winery, Vilagrad Winery, and used materials recovered from Vilagrad’s devastating fire in 2015. The 6m x 10m creation included a water feature with spilling wine bottles and a burnt woven barrel-effect wall. The garden bar will be recreated at Vilagrad Winery this year.

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.


Typically students will study the following programmes for two years to develop the skills and knowledge to work in landscape design and/or construction:

First Year

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

Regional students will study General Horticulture (Level 3) AND the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

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

Students who already have some experience may be able to enter directly into second year. Contact us for more information.

Second Year

In the second year students will hone their skills in landscape construction and develop design skills enabling basic garden design, graphic representation and all parts of installation from retaining walls, irrigation to planting. Students will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Landscape Construction and/or Landscape Design strands.

Higher Level

Progression to higher levels of study will lead to more advanced design and project management. These programs will lead to a deeper level of understanding in landscape design and enable students to design and build more complex landscapes.

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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