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Landscape Construction ākonga (learner) planting at the Gardens Campus

Landscape Design and Construction

Landscape design and construction: the art of creative design and practical installation of features for outdoor spaces.

Landscapers meet clients, measure and draft plans, and design everything outside from outdoor rooms to pools, playgrounds, plants, and places — all to provide people leading busy lives with a beautiful home retreat to escape to.

Landscapers can also expect to project manage the installation of garden designs, or be involved in the landscape construction. They could be doing anything from building outdoor rooms to laying surfaces and creating and planting the gardens.

The Wintec landscape design and construction programmes are projects based, so students will be working with real clients on real projects, to put what they learn into practice.


"My background is in horticulture, however, I wanted to gain a qualification in landscape design specifically. After Covid struck, I could no longer travel to the UK to be part of a planting team at the Chelsea Garden Show. So I thought it would be a great time to embark on this dream; I know my studies will take me to the next level, so I don't regret taking on this commitment despite my busy life."

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Typically students will study the following programmes for two years to develop the skills and knowledge to work in landscape design and/or construction:

First semester: Level 3

In the first semester, students will study the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

Students who choose to complete their study after the first semester will have the skills to work as a skilled labourer in this area.

Students who already have some experience in landscaping may be able to enter directly into Level 4. Contact us for more information.

Second semester: Level 4

At Level 4 students will choose their ‘strand’ of interest and study Landscape Construction or Landscape Design. Each program is one semester, a student can choose to do both strands one after the other if desired.

In landscape construction, students will hone their skills in construction and have the ability to choose optional areas of interest in stonework, brick and block work, and water features. This qualification assists you with the skills to becoming a team leader on a landscape site.

In landscape design, students will develop design skills enabling them to create simple home garden design plans, with hand and computer graphic representation, plant identification and planting design. You will also learn plan set out to assist and supervise on landscape sites. 

Students will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Landscape Design strand.

Professional programmes / short courses

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Students will learn at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens Campus: a 58-hectare environment of public gardens with an incredible variety of trees. Students will design open spaces in sunlit classrooms fully equipped with drawing tables, or go for a wander through the public gardens for a bit of inspiration!


Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain 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.

About the faculty

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries!

Creating the next generation of science talent in New Zealand has never been more important and if you're thinking about a career in Science or Primary Industries, we can help you to build your skills and employability.

We offer a diverse and exciting range of programmes that produce graduates who move on to stimulating and challenging careers within industry. We are proud of who we are and the achievements of our staff, students and alumni.


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