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Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Landscape Construction)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) with strand in Landscape Construction


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $5,017*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus or Ōtorohanga
*Ōtorohanga delivery is pending external approval.


Students this programme will learn the introductory skills of the landscape construction trade, gaining confidence in using building tools, and how to build and make landscape elements. Students will also learn about planting, laying lawns and some maintenance.

The programme is very practical - students will get to work on real landscape projects in the community, providing them with experience in setting out, woodworking, laying concrete, and paving with drainage. They will also learn essential health and safety skills required by industry; and how to read and draw construction plans, measure, and survey. 

Students will attend class four days a week (Monday-Thursday). Two or three of these days will typically be spent working outside on landscape building. Alongside class time, students will also undertake self-directed study from home. 

All tools will be provided by Wintec, however students will need to provide their own safety boots and wet weather gear.

What you will learn

In this programme students will learn:

  • Tools of the landscape construction trade
  • Building
  • Laying pavers, drains and irrigation
  • Plants and introductory design

View programme modules

Landscape Construction strand

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HORT102Provide Life Support11  
HORT201Provide First Aid21  
HORT324Manage First Aid in Emergency32  
HORT326Active Listening33  
LADE200Workplace Safety 24  
LADE300Tool Safety38  
LADE301Material Requirements35  
LADE302Timber Construction36  
LADE303Site Setout35  
LADE304Concrete and Reinforcing36  
LADE310Demonstrate knowledge of a horticultural irrigation system35  


Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as a landscape labourer on landscape construction sites, building decks, laying paving and concreting, and caring for plants.

This qualification can lead to further study in the relevant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) and eventually lead to the following:

  • Diploma in Landscape (Design or Construction) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Landscape (Level 6)


Entry criteria

This programme is open to anyone who wants to study. You don’t need any previous study or work experience to apply.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to complete an interview and selection process. This may include the requirement to complete a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete this programme.
b) To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme. 
c) Prior to commencing the programme all candidates will be required to undertake a police check at a level sufficient for safe and effective practice within the field of horticulture.

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

In accordance with industry guidelines, candidates will be expected to undertake drug screening at the commencement of this programme.

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Your first day

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Semester 2 2024

Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus

What you will need

​Please wear covered-in shoes if you do not have safety boots.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

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 - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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