Horticulture student holding clipboard in gardens

Parks & Garden Management (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 5) with strand in Amenity


Course details

  • Jul 2020
  • 15 months
  • Part-time
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


This 15 month, part-time programme is for students who are currently working as a leading hand or equivalent lower management role in the amenity horticulture sector. Students will gain the hands-on experience and knowledge to be able to staircase into a planning and management role in amenity horticulture.

During their study, students will learn how to plan and manage amenity work programmes and seasonal operations in the workplace.

Study is part-time, enabling students to continue earning while they learn, while also applying what they're learning to their current workplace. Students will learn from home, as well as attend block courses in Hamilton. Students will need access to a computer and internet connection during their study.

The Parks and Garden Management (Level 5) qualification is the highest qualification that can be achieved in the amenity sector in New Zealand, providing students with the opportunity to work in a future management role in town and city parks and gardens, botanical gardens and specialist private garden sectors.

View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HORT511​Seasonal Plan Development

HORT512​Work Programme Development

HORT513​Work Programme Management

HORT514​Seasonal Plan Management

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to work in a range of town and city parks and gardens, botanical garden, and specialist garden horticultural related roles. 

Entry criteria

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. 

Special admission

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.

Provisional entry

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.

Selection criteria

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.

Physical ability

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. 

Disabled candidates

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.

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Your first day

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What you will need

Timetable information

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How to find your way around

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Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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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

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