General academic admission
a) New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Ref: 2674 with strand in Amenity or equivalent (e.g. National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Ref: 1014, or National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Advanced Ref: 1015); and
b) Equivalent amenity industry experience of 2 years as leading hand or similar, with industry references, or
c) Sufficient proven amenity industry experience of 3 years, in an amenity park leading hand role, or similar role, with references.
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.
a) Candidates are expected to be working within a horticulture field by the start of the programme. Refer Programme Requirements for more detail.
b) Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may be considered in the selection process:
i. The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.
ii. Previous experience working in the amenity or garden maintenance or landscape sector. May include previous employment or voluntary work, of 3 years.
iii. Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork, communication and practical skills.
iv. 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.
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.
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 Coordinator of their needs.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.