Arboriculture

Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Arboriculture)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strand in Arboriculture

SX1703

Course Details

  • 21 Feb 2018
    16 Jul 2018
  • Seven months
  • To be advised
  • You may qualify for fee free study under MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus

Summary

This programme builds on the knowledge gained in Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) incorporating specialist techniques and understanding of arboriculture. The emphasis is on practical skills and technical expertise in tree assessment and care.

Those who have completed this qualification are able to demonstrate competence in arboriculture at tradesperson level.

What You'll Learn

You'll learn aspects of professional practise, specialist arboriculture practices and the development of more advanced skills in tree climbing, pruning, felling and dismantling. The practical skills are supported with the development of skills in tree identification, knowledge of their specific requirements and uses, and knowledge of tree biology that will allow students to evaluate amenity trees and to diagnose tree health problems.

Projects for councils and residents will form part of teaching including the felling of large, difficult trees. Candidates will also go on field trips to regional councils for work experience.

VIEW PROGRAMME MODULES

Arboriculture strand

 

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites Assessment Standard
HORT408Tree Felling415   
HORT409Tree Climbing410   
HORT410Sectional Felling410

HORT408
HORT409

  
HORT411Tree Pruning & Support Systems410 HORT409 
HORT412Tree Work Near Electric Lines415

HORT409
HORT411

  
HORT413Tree Identification410   
HORT414Tree Biology and Health420   

Entry Criteria

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1 including 12 credits in English or Māori; or equivalent.
  • Candidates wishing to enrol on the Arboriculture strand of this qualification may have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Arboriculture strand, or equivalent qualifications or work experience to similar level.

Special Admission
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the entry requirements 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 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 do not meet the entry requirements 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 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 Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria
Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may 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, voluntary work.
  • Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork, leadership 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.

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.

 

Entry Criteria

Career/Further Opportunities

The Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Arboriculture) programme can lead to employment in amenity tree care or as an arborist (Tree Surgeon) employed by a company or local authority.

Arboriculture allows active outdoor lifestyle, with many opportunities in the industry for self-employment or advancement into management positions. The Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Arboriculture) programme can lead to employment in amenity tree management, as an Arborist (Tree Surgeon) employed by a company or local authority or as a self-employed arboriculture contractor.

Graduates would be able to continue on to the advanced level of training delivered in the Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6). There are also opportunities to become self-employed, to undertake arboriculture management positions, or options in technical fields relating to arboriculture.

Pathways

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Transfer of Credit

Do you excel in your job but have no qualification to back it up? We can help you get qualified through our Recognition of Prior (RPL) Learning Tool.

While many people have gained work and life experience equivalent to that of formal study, they don't have that formal qualification to substantiate it. RPL allows you to use your current knowledge and experience towards gaining a recognised qualification through Informal Transfer of Credit.

The Process

If you are interested in applying, you can do so by emailing your profile through to: headstart@wintec.ac.nz.

There are four main areas you need to cover in your profile:
  1. Education History
  2. Experience Information
  3. Work experience Info
  4. Other evidence

Your profile will be forwarded to the relevant Team Manager to look at and determine if you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Once this has been determined, a consultation meeting will be arranged between yourself and the Team Manager. There is a $75 fee for this consultation. At the consultation, the Team Manager will discuss which modules they believe you have the experience to gain Informal Transfer of Credit for and also what documentation you will need to supply.

You will then need to put together the required documentation and send it through to us. The Team Manager will assess the documentation and advise if what has been supplied is sufficient. If sufficient information is provided to gain Informal Transfer of Credit, there will be a charge of $25 per credit which will need to be paid prior to any Informal Transfer of Credit being issued.

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