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General Horticulture (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) Level 3


Course details


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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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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Hamilton Gardens
Date: Monday 24 July 2023
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus

What you will need

Please wear covered-toe 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. 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

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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    Clinical placement

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