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Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Landscape Design)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strand in Landscape Design


Course details

  • Jul 2022
    Feb 2023
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF* (usually $3,530)
  • Level 4
  • Online with block course in Hamilton


This 6-month online course is perfect for those who are passionate about creating beautiful garden spaces. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in landscape garden design. It is also great for those interested in upskilling themselves to work on their personal gardens or as a hobby.

The course covers the introductory theory and principles of design and graphic representation, as well as the study of plants. It is hands-on and taught in a project-based style. This means you will have a real-life example to work on and will gain an insight into the full project design process from client interview, site analysis, and measure through to concept development and planning presentations.

While the course is offered online, we provide full support to students through their study journey. There is one four day block course required for students to attend at our campus at the famous Hamilton Gardens. This course is a pre-requisite to our Diploma in Landscape Practice (Level 5)

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Landscape design strand

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites Assessment Standard
LADE410Garden Design Principles410   
LADE402Plants and Planting Design420   
LADE411Computer Aided Garden Design45


LADE412Garden Design Practice415





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Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as a garden designer or small scale designer. They may also continue on to the relevant strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5).


    *TTAF covers tuition fees to 31 December 2022. You will be required to self-fund study that continues in 2023. If you have a question or need help, check out these frequently asked questions and answers, or contact us by email.

    Entry criteria

    You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

    Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

    • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
    • Or a recognised equivalent.

    Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

    • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Level 3 (Landscape Construction strand);
    • Or a relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
    • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

    Based on your work experience (on the job)

    If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

    Based on discretionary entrance

    If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

    Selection criteria

    a) Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may be considered in the selection process:

    1) The completion of a study skills assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.
    2) Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment and voluntary work.
    3) Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical skills. 
    4) 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.
    5) Candidates wishing to enrol on the arboriculture strand must have completed the following unit standards: 6400, 6401, 6402, 1668, 2768, 2767, 6916, 6917 and 20574.
    6) As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students may be required to submit to an initial drug screen as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

    b) 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.

    c) 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 Co-ordinator of their needs.

    d) Some delivery maybe at locations which require arboriculture students to undertake a police check.

    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 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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    Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

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    Your first day

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    Students starting July 2022
    Date: Tuesday 26 July 2022
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Online via Zoom

    What you need to know:
    • We will email you with the Zoom link closer to your online induction.
    • This online session will run for no longer than 1.5 hours.

    How to use Zoom
    Zoom is an online video service connecting you to the Wintec team. It is free to use via your phone, PC, laptop, tablet or another internet-capable device and you don't need a camera. If you are new to Zoom, you need to set up an account using your email, Google, or Facebook accounts. To do this, go to and follow the sign-up prompts. Once your account has been created, click on the Zoom web provided to you.

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