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Horticulture Courses

Overview

PCTI has developed a series of Horticulture training programmes leading to NZQA New Zealand Certificates.  We have designed the programmes to provide flexibility of delivery to suit the wide range of sectors, specialized businesses and diverse workplaces in the industry.

Whether you are looking to get a job in Horticulture, start a small business or develop your property, these programmes are for you.

Design your own horticulture training

We have developed our horticulture programmes so you get to decide what your main study focus will be. This is so that you can choose topics that are relevant to the sector or job you are training for.

All you have to do is choose a crop, plant, group of plants or a growing system to develop into your own main study focus. We will then use your focus area as the context and we will deliver the knowledge, projects, practical skills and the work placement you will need to achieve the programme using your focus area.

PCTI has set modules for each programme and will include a range of horticulture sectors, contexts and examples in the prescribed training as well.

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)

As our point of difference across all of our Horticulture programmes of study we have developed a series of modules that will allow us to have the training accepted as ‘formal courses’ under GAP NZ general regulations. This will allow those employers to offer our training and the students achievements as evidence in having had training towards Good Agricultural Practice (GAP NZ) Qualification Requirements outlined in the Global GAP General Regulations 1.3.

Detail of which modules contribute as formal courses are outlined in the programme details section of each programme.


Students: Study Horticulture At Tertiary Level

There are 3 different tertiary products available. Study part-time so you can earn as you learn, or the General Horticulture programme has a full-time option with student loans and allowances available for those who are eligible.


Growing Technology

Study and skills training in general horticulture allows students to choose subjects that cover two or more horticulture sectors and allows for flexibility in further study and job options.

You will choose a main study focus and you will use an enquiry based approach to explore the crop or plants, or growing systems by following the plants involved through their lifecycles, the growing and environments and practices to establish the optimal growing conditions and result in healthy productive plants, ready for production, sale, planting, harvest, amenity or cultural value.

The plant science and practical modules included in the programme will be delivered alongside your main study focus area and if you are unsure of a topic we will be able to provide you something to suit your needs.

This programme is offered in two different formats:

  • Full time for those looking to enter the industry
  • Part time (designed so that you could earn as you learn)
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Horticulture – Fruit Production (Working in an Orchard)

The Certificate in Horticulture – Fruit Production is a strand of a Level 3 qualification.

The programme focuses on the skills and knowledge required to work in an orchard. The focus is from when the crops are introduced to the orchard to when they leave the gate after harvest.

You can choose your main study topic, in this case a specific crop(s) and use your topic as the theme of your programme. This approach is designed to help you study the crop(s) you are already working with or prepare you to work on an orchard with the crop you have chosen.

There is a significant amount of practical hours to complete in an orchard built into the programme and the training is designed to be as practical as possible.

This programme is available part time and has been designed for people who are already working and those looking to work in an orchard.

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Horticulture – Post Harvest (Working in a Packhouse)

The Certificate in Horticulture – Post Harvest is a strand of a Level 3 qualification.

The programme focuses on the skills and knowledge required to work in a pack house receiving the produce from growers and preparing the produce for markets.

The focus is from when the produce is delivered into the pack house and moves through the processes as they are sorted, cleaned, graded and stored in temperature controlled facilities.  having the market and food standard for met standards for specific markets when they leave the Packhouse gate.

There is a significant number of practical hours to complete in a pack house or post-harvest facility built into the programme and the training is designed to be as practical as possible.

This programme is available part time and has been designed for people who are already working and those looking to work in an orchard.

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Employers – Get Your Staff Qualified

To achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture you need to successfully complete a programme through an approved Provider. PCTI is an approved Provider and can offer a few different options to get your staff qualified.

We can offer our services right across New Zealand. Minimum number would apply.

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