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Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Arboriculture)

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

SX1703

Course Details

  • Jul 2019
  • Seven months
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7744 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus

Summary

Progress as an arborist with this 1.5 semester full-time programme. You will learn advanced technical skills around maintenance and management activities as well as the skills for supervision and more senior roles.

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
HORT319Chainsaw Maintenance310  
HORT320Soils and Plant Growth36  
HORT321Tree Identification310

 

 
HORT322Safety Near Electric Lines35  
HORT323Tree Felling310

 

 
HORT421Work Planning45  
HORT422Botany in Horticulture44  
HORT423Tree Health48  
HORT424Tree Pruning410HORT425 
HORT425Tree Climbing410  
HORT426Sectional Felling410

HORT323,

HORT424

 
HORT427Tree Work Near Electric Lines47HORT322 

Career/Further Opportunities

Arboriculture allows for an 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.

Entry Criteria

General Academic Admission

Candidates wishing to enrol on the Amenity strand of this qualification must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Amenity strand, or equivalent qualifications or work experience to similar level.

Candidates wishing to enrol on the Arboriculture strand of this qualification must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Arboriculture strand, or equivalent qualifications or work experience to similar level

Candidates wishing to enrol on the Landscape Construction strand of this qualification must have the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with Landscape Construction 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.

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

  1. Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may be considered in the selection process:
  1. The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic       skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.
  2. Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment, voluntary work.
  3. Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical skills. 
  4. 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.
  5. Candidates wishing to enrol on the Arboriculture strand must have completed the following unit standards: 6400, 6401, 6402, 1668, 2768, 2767, 6916, 6917 and 20574.
  6. As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students may be required to submit to an initial drug screen as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).
  1. To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the     practical components of the programme, including the ability to perform practical demonstrations and assessments.
  2. Candidates with disabilities are eligible to enroll in this programme and will be provided with the necessary resources to attain the learning outcomes where practicable, but at the time of enrolment must notify the Equity/Disability Co-ordinator of their needs

  3. Some delivery maybe at locations which require arboriculture students to undertake a police check.
 

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 score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

 

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Pathways

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Purchasing textbooks

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