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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 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,530*
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


In this programme students will study the essentials of Landscape Garden Design, learning the knowledge and skills they need to be able to design and produce professional residential garden plans.

Students will learn the introductory theory and principles of design and graphic representation, and get to know plants and how to design with them. Students will then learn and get to practice the real process of landscape design from client interview, site analysis and measure, through concept development, to master and planting plan presentations.

This programme is taught primarily through project based delivery. Students work on real projects in the community and for clients as part of their study.

Students attend classes four days per week (Monday-Thursday), 2-3 of these days per week will involve working outside on landscape projects.

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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.

Graduates of the Landscape Design strand may continue on to the relevant strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5).

    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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    Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

    Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

    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.

    Year 1 students starting semester 1 2020

    Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Time: 9am-4pm
    Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus, Gate 2, Cobham Drive.

    What you need to know:

    • We will provide a full introduction to all supporting services at Wintec, along with a few activities
    • The enrolment and Studylink advice team will be available also for any questions, and signing outstanding enrolment offers
    • Students get put into classes and given timetables on the day
    • Stationary, personal protective gear sizing, and expectations will also be sorted on the day
    • We supply morning tea and lunch for the day.

    What you will need

    Timetable information

    All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

    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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

    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.

    Click here to find out where and 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:

    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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    Health status



    Clinical placement

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