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Arboriculture Operations

New Zealand Certificate in Arboriculture (Level 5) with strands in: Supervisory Operations and Technical Operations


Course details

  • June 2019 - Supervisory Operations Strand
    March 2020 - Technical Operations Strand
  • One semester per strand
  • Part-time
  • $4170
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


This programme will enhance skills and knowledge in specialised arboriculture topics according to the chosen strand of study in addition to core topics such as: relationship management, arboriculture law, and health and safety.

Students may study the Supervisory Operations and Technical Operations strands together, completing both in one year.

This programme is ideally suited to people who have significant arboriculture industry experience and wish to develop their technical skills and knowledge to be able to manage arboriculture operations.

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Core Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HORT515Leadership and Management515  
HORT516Managing Staff55  
HORT502​Health and Safety Management55  
HORT503​Arboriculture Law55  
HORT506​Tree Inspection55  


Arboriculuture Supervisory Operations Strand core modules ​

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HORT415​Tree Evaluation46  
HORT504​Tree Transplanting55  
HORT505​Plan and Manage Tree Work55  
HORT507​Site Assessment and Tree Selection58  
HORT508Manage Woodlots56  
HORT509​Reporting Arboriculture Operations55  


Arboriculture Technical Operations Strand core modules ​

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HORT416​Advanced Climbing410HORT409 
HORT417​Advanced Rigging410HORT410 
HORT418​Advanced Felling410HORT408  
HORT510Specialist Arboriculture Equipment55  
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as:

  • Supervisory roles – arboriculture supervisor, team leader, project manager
  • Technical roles – arboriculture technical specialist.

This qualification may build on the Arboriculture strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strands in Amenity, Arboriculture, Cemetery, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, and Sports Turf.

This qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Diploma in Arboriculture (Level 6). This qualification may also lead on to a relevant strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, Maori Business and Management.

Entry criteria

Candidates can gain entry to this programme by meeting one of the following criteria:

a) Based on study completed at a NZ tertiary institution:
i. New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Ref: 2674 with Arboriculture strand; or 
ii. An equivalent qualification or work experience to similar level; or

b) Based on discretionary entrance:
Applicants who do not meet any of the entry options stated above, and think they have what it takes to complete this programme, can apply for ‘Discretionary Entrance’. The application is based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme. The decision is at the discretion of the Head of School/Centre Director or their delegate.  The ability to progress into further study depends on how successful the applicant is within the programme they apply and are accepted into under ‘Discretionary Entrance’.

Selection criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. 

Physical ability

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. 

Disabled candidates    

Candidates with disabilities are eligible to enrol 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.

Police check

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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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.

Students starting July 2019

Date: Monday 15 July

Time: 9am-4pm

Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus, Gate 2, Cobham Drive.

What you need to know:

  • We will provide a full introduction to all supporting services at Wintec, along with a few activities
  • The enrolment and Studylink advice team will be available also for any questions, and signing outstanding enrolment offers
  • Students get put into classes and given timetables on the day
  • Stationary, personal protective gear sizing, and expectations will also be sorted on the day
  • We supply morning tea and lunch for the day.

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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Clinical placement

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