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Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Arboriculture)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture with strands in Arboriculture


Course details


This programme is for those who have some general horticultural experience and/or a desire to work in arboriculture horticultural sector.

Students will learn the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to work in horticulture under limited supervision taking responsibility for work outcomes.

View programme modules

Module codeModule nameLevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HORT101Workplace Health and Safety13  
HORT102Provide Life Support11  
HORT201Provide First Aid21  
HORT202Chainsaw Rules25

HORT203Chainsaw Operation28HORT101, HOR102,
HORT202, HORT324
HORT204Plant Identification25

HORT324Managing First Aid in Emergency Situations32


HORT326Active Listening33

HORT327Performance Feedback33


HORT329Ground Duties34

HORT330Climbing Equipment33

HORT331Amenity Pests and Diseases38  
HORT333Maintain Amenity Trees38  

HORT101, HOR102,
HORT201, HORT202,

HORT324, HORT329,



Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the qualifications necessary to become an arborist.

This qualification may lead to further study in the relevant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4), the New Zealand Certificate in Arboriculture (Level 5), and eventually leads to the Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6).

Entry criteria

This programme is open to anyone who wants to study. You don’t need any previous study or work experience to apply.

Selection criteria

  1. Candidates may be required to complete an interview and selection process. This may include the requirement to complete a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete this programme.
  2. To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.
  3. 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.

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, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.


What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Health status



Clinical placement

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