Horticulture students planting in garden

General Horticulture (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) Level 3


Course details

Please note, this course is currently only offered at the Whaingaroa Ki Te Whenua Kokiri Centre in Raglan.


This programme will introduce students to the science of growing and caring for plants. Students will gain theoretical knowledge of growing systems and environments and then apply these skills in a garden while performing planting and general garden maintenance.

The General Horticulture (Level 3) certificate establishes all practical horticulture skills and is a great place to begin your journey into the horticulture industry.

What you will learn

Over a semester, students will learn about the following areas:

  • Plant identification and function
  • Propagating cuttings and growing plants from seeds 
  • Soils and fertilisers
  • Pruning trees and shrubs
  • Identifying weeds, pests and diseases
  • Plant environments and appropriate plant selection

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

Module codeModule nameLevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HORT102Provide Life Support11  
HORT201Provide First Aid21  
HORT205Plant Nomenclature25  
HORT207Irrigation Systems25  
HORT208Plant Identification22  
HORT209Soils and Fertilisers25  
HORT210Propagation Methods23  
HORT324Managing First Aid in Emergency32  
HORT337Pruning and Training35  
HORT338Plant Pests and Diseases38  
HORT339Weed Identification and Control36  
HORT351Plant and Care for Plants35  
HORT352Integrated Pest and Management35  
HORT353Growing Media35  


Career/further opportunities

After graduating you will be able to work as a nursery grower or worker, garden care assistant or work within a garden centre.

This qualification provides a great pathway and may lead to further study of our New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 3)


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.

Students may be required to submit to drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at info@wintec.ac.nz.

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 August 2020

Raglan location

Date: Monday 3 August 2020
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: Whaingaroa Ki Te Whenua Kokiri Centre, 86 Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive, Raglan

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

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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