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Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Amenity)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services with strand in Amenity


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,696*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


Students in this programme will build on technical skills and learn about park and open spaces management, seasonal plans, and team member supervision. This programme includes part-time work placements.

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Module codeModule nameLevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HORT428Plant Collections410  
HORT429Evaluation and Pruning45  
HORT430Turf Botany and Management45  
HORT432Seasonal Management Plan Preparation420  
HORT433Implement and Monitor Seasonal Management Plan425  
HORT434Work Programme Implementation435  
HORT435Work Programme Monitoring420  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as amenity gardeners, collection curators, grounds persons, or amenity contractors.

Graduates may continue into further study.


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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 Level 3 (Amenity strand);
  • Or an equivalent qualification.

Based on your work experience (on the job)

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

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

a) 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 the Wintec Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

b) 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.

c) 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.

d) Some delivery may be 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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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024
Time: 8.30am-4.30pm
Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus

What you will need

Please wear covered-in shoes if you do not have safety boots on your first day so you can participate in our practical activities.

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

For this course, you will need work boots, a raincoat and waterproof trousers. If you are an MPTT student, these are supplied to you.

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:

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