Landscape design students working in design studio

Diploma in Landscape Practice (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Landscape Practice (Level 5) with strand in Design


Course details

  • Jul 2022
    Feb 2023
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF* (usually $7,472)
  • Level 5
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Mixed delivery


Students in this programme will advance their skills in 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.

Part-time work placement in the 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. Students learn using a blend of on-campus classes at our Hamilton Gardens location and online teaching. This means they have the flexibility to fit this study around their lifestyles and commitments.

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Design strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
LADE520Landscape Analysis and Evaluation510  
LADE521Landscape Site Survey55  
LADE522Landscape Graphics55  
LADE523Landscape CAD510  
LADE533Planting Design 1 515  
LADE525Landscape Design Practice515  
LADE530Landscape Professional Practice 515LADE520
LADE531Landscape Construction Plans & Documentation515LADE520
LADE532Advance Landscape Practice515LADE520
LADE529Planting Plans & Documentation515LADE520
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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).


*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 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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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.

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 July 2022

Date: Wednesday 27 July 2022
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Hamilton Gardens Campus, Gate 2, Cobham Drive

What to expect:
  • We will provide a full introduction to the programme and all supporting services at Wintec, along with a few activities.
  • You will also receive a semester timetable.

​Please wear covered-in shoes if you do not have safety boots on your first day for practical activities​ (not jandals).

What you will need

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

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