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Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture)

Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture with strands in Arboriculture



  • Starts: February 2018
  • Fee Guideline: $3,398* (per semester) Fee free if under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training
  • One semester full-time
  • Location: Wintec's Horticulture Education Centre at the Hamilton Gardens


The purpose of the Applied Horticultural Services Programme is to provide the horticulture industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to assist with a range of core tasks relevant to a horticulture industry sector.

The programme is aimed at candidates who have some general horticultural experience and/or a desire to work in arboriculture horticultural sector. It will provide students with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to work in horticulture under limited supervision taking responsibility for work outcomes.

In this programme you will study the Arboriculture Strand. You will learn:

  • Arboriculture machinery use and maintenance.
  • Chainsaw use and maintenance.
  • Safe operating procedures and use of chainsaws and brushwood chippers.
  • Teamwork and communication.
  • Tool selection.
  • Tool maintenance.
  • Storage of equipment, tools, fuels.
  • First Aid; person's conditions, accepted practices.
  • Life support; Hazardous situations, responsiveness, airway, breathing, breathing support, airway obstruction.



Arboriculture strand

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HORT316Planting and Establishment of Trees315
HORT317Tree Maintenance
HORT318Tree Maintenance

Entry Requirements:

Applicants will be required to have completed a minimum of three years secondary education; or have a gained a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or equivalent.

Special Admission
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

English Language Requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band lower than 5.0; or equivalent.
Prior to commencing the programme all candidates will be required to undertake a police check at a level sufficient for safe and effective practice within the field of horticulture.

In accordance with industry guidelines, candidates will be expected to undertake drug screening at the commencement of this programme.

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following will be considered in the selection process:

  • The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme
  • Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment and/or voluntary work
  • Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical skills
  • An aptitude for working in a public environment demonstrated through a reference from an employer where a candidate has worked with the public, or from a teacher attesting to social skills.

Entry Criteria

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates will have the qualifications necessary to become an arboriculturist.

This qualification may lead to further study in the relevant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) and eventually lead to the Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6).

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