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Arboriculture Operations

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


Course details

  • Mar 2022 - Technical Operations strand
    May 2022 - Supervisory Operations strand
  • One semester per strand
  • Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF
  • 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 ARBO506


Arboriculture Technical Operations Strand core modules ​

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HORT416​Advanced Climbing410
HORT417​Advanced Rigging410
 HORT510Specialist Arboriculture Equipment55



 ARBO404Tree Support Systems45  
ARBO405Machine Assisted Felling46  
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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

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services Level 4 (Arboriculture strand);
  • Or an equivalent qualification.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

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.

Year 1 students starting May 2021

Supervisory strand
Date: Monday 24 May 2021
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 provided on the day
  • We supply morning tea and lunch for the day
​Please wear covered-in shoes if you do not have safety boots on your first day for practical activities​ (not jandals).

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

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

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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