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Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Amenity)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture with strand in Amenity


Course details

  • Feb 2025
    Jul 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $5,017*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT*
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


This programme will introduce students to amenity plant and garden knowledge and care, plant and soil science, amenity garden tool use and care, weed and plant pest control, and amenity lawn care.

Over the semester students will take a look at amenity place and garden knowledge and care; plant and soil science; amenity garden tool use and care; weed and plant pest control; and amenity lawn care.

What you will learn

Study at Wintec is designed to reflect the industry graduates will be working in. This programme is hands-on, where students will put what they learn into practice and assist the Hamilton Gardens' team of gardeners.

View programme modules

Amenity strand:
Module codeModule nameLevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HORT206Plant Propagation26  
HORT320Soils and Plant Growth36  
HORT326Active Listening33  
HORT336Amenity Plant Identification37  
HORT340Plant and Maintain Plants35  
HORT341Amenity Pruning and Training35  
HORT342Monitoring Pests and Diseases35  
HORT343Amenity Hard Assets33  
HORT344Amenity Machinery35  
HORT345Amenity Turf Grass35  
HORT346Maintain Irrigation35  
HORT101Workplace Health and Safety13  
HORT348Amenity Border Plants33  


Frequently asked questions

What opportunities will I get to work in industry?

Hands-on and outdoor classes will be based at our beautiful Hamilton Gardens campus, where students will get to work constantly in industry assisting a team of gardeners.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and crossdisciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits.

Career/further opportunities

After graduating you’ll be able to work as an assistant gardener or grounds person under limited supervision, taking responsibility for your work.

This qualification may lead to further study in the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4)


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

a) 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.
b) To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme. 
c) 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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To check what you need to gain direct 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 1 2025

Date: To be confirmed
Time: 8.30am-4.30pm
Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus, Gate 2, Cobham Drive

What you will need

​Please wear covered-in shoes if you do not have safety boots.

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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Health status



    Clinical placement

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