Landscape design students working in design studio

Diploma in Landscape Practice (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Landscape Practice (Level 5) with strands in Design and Construction


Course details

  • Subject to Approval
  • Feb 2020
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7356 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus


Students in this programme will advance their skills in a chosen strand of either Landscape Design or Landscape Construction.

Landscape Design: Students will advance their skills in landscape design, and gain experience covering a wide range of complex sites and situations. They will become proficient at preparing working drawings and specifications for installation purposes, and confident in supporting contractors on site.

Landscape Construction: Students will advance their skills in managing the landscape installation process of taking design plans and working drawings through to the quantification, project planning and contract phases; then project managing the build process, and quality control.
Part-time work placement in industry will be an integral part of this programme for practical, hands-on learning.

This programme is ideally suited to people who have experience in the landscape industry or equivalent, and wish to develop their technical skills and knowledge to a more advanced level.

​View programme modules

Design strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
LADE520Landscape Analysis and Evaluation510  
LADE521Landscape Site Survey55  
LADE522Landscape Graphics55  
LADE523Landscape CAD510  

Planting Design

LADE525Landscape Practice515  
LADE526Landscape Professional Practice 520  

Landscape Construction Documentation

and Support

LADE528Advance Landscape Practice520  
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Construction strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
LADE418Landscape Regulations45  
HORT515Leadership and Management515  
PJMT501Project Planning520  
LADE518Landscape Construction Proposals520  
PJMT502Project Initiation512  
LADE519Landscape Maintenance Planning510  
PJMT503Project Execution520  
PJMT504Project Close58  
PJMT505Budgeting Projects510  
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as:

  • Design strand - landscape designer
  • Construction strand – landscape contract manager, landscape team leader.

Completion of either strand of this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 6).

Entry criteria

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

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services Level 4 (Landscape Design or Landscape Construction strands)
  • 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

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 landscape design or construction sector. May include previous employment or 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.

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.

Drug testing

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.

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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Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

Your first day

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What you will need

Timetable information

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How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

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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.

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

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

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