Certificate in Landscape Design (Level 3)

Qualification Certificate in Landscape Design (Level 3)
Level 3

2014 intakes start 03 February, 17 March, 12 May, 23 June, 18 August and 29 September

Applications close 21 days prior to the intake start date - please check the enrolment form for exact dates.


Intakes are 12 weeks long.

Location SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Course Outline

This programme aims to provide students with the ability to undertake a range of landscape design activities and associated operations with in the horticultural sector at an entry tradesperson level.

Course Content

The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

US 24648 – Identify trees, shrubs, and climbers used in amenity horticulture (Level 3) 10 credits

This unit standard is for people working, or intending to work, in amenity horticulture. People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and explain the physical characteristics of trees, shrubs and climbers; identify, label and present a range of amenity trees, shrubs and climbers; and identify, either in situ or ex situ, a range of thirty common amenity trees, shrubs and climbers, excluding previously collected or uniquely photographed specimens.

A camera or a phone capable of taking photographs is required for this unit standard.

US 1676 – Select plants for landscaping and amenity horticulture (Level 4) 7 credits

This unit standard is for people working, or intending to work, in amenity horticulture. People credited with this unit standard are able to: investigated the cultural requirements of specified plants, and select plants for specific conditions, uses and sites.

US 1672 – Demonstrate knowledge of pruning and training amenity trees and shrubs (Level 3) 5 credits

This unit standard is for people working, or intending to work, in amenity horticulture. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of common pruning tools and equipment; demonstrate knowledge of the growth characteristics of plant types used in amenity horticulture; and describe tree and shrub responses to pruning and training techniques.

US 22295 – Use freehand drawing as a communication tool in landscape work (Level 4) 10 credits

This unit standard is for people working, or intending to work, in landscaping. People credited with this unit standard are able to: explore and use common drawing media; explore and use the elements of drawing; explore colour rendering media and techniques; explore and apply principles of axonometric drawings; and explore and apply principles of perspective drawing.

US 22207 – Prepare working drawings for landscape work (Level 4) 10 credits

This unit standard is for people working, or intending to work, in landscape design. People credited with this unit standard are able to: use draughting equipment and materials; use draughting procedures; and prepare working drawings for landscape work.

Equipment required for US 22207 and US 22295

You will need access to the following drawing equipment/ supplies for these units:

  • Set square
  • French curve (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Eraser/Rubber
  • HB pencil
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Coloured pencils
  • Water colour pencils/Watercolour paints
  • Pastels
  • Pen/Fine nibbed marker pen
  • Transparent paper
  • Art paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Cartridge paper


Prior to 2014, this programme was offered in modules rather than individual unit standards. If you have previously completed any of the Landscape Design modules, you are not required to repeat the unit standards that made up that module:

Module Title

Unit Standards





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Career Opportunities

Some examples of employment opportunities at the completion of this certificate are: assistant to a landscape design contractor or landscape architect, local authority horticultural divisions, horticulturalists, farmers and gardeners, or continue with further study in SIT's Certificate in Organic Horticulture or Certificate in General Horticulture.

Enrolment Information


The following part time study paths are guides only. Learners may do fewer or more papers, time permitting.

Part time:

First enrolment: US 24648, US 1676, US 1672

Second enrolment: US 22295 and US 22207


Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at:




It is a requirement of the Tertiary Education Commission that all learners enrolled in programmes at Levels 1 – 3 must complete at least one online literacy and one online numeracy assessment. This is a Level 3 programme therefore you will be required to complete at least one reading and one numeracy assessment during the course of your study. Your facilitator will provide you with further details during your study.


  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.


The assessments in this programme include taking photos of plants, answering short paragraph questions, and draughting plans and freehand drawings.


The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost of $6.50 per credit of study undertaken, plus the required textbook/s listed and a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed.  You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.


Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2014 Cost (NZ$)

$6.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (totalling $310.00 for 40 credit course) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)


Fees must be paid before intake start date.


All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink.  Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.



Please check the textbook list to see if you need a textbook for the units that you are applying for.


Additional Information

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.


Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.


We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at http://www.sit.ac.nz/pages/FAQs for further study and enrolment information.

Application Criteria

School Leavers:

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in Horticulture and possess academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.


Mature Students:

  • Over 20 years of age at commencement of programme.
  • Demonstration of likelihood of successful completion of programme.


Additional Criteria

  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below. The full list is available on the SIT website.


Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations


Certificate at Level 3

Score of 5 with no band score lower than 5

Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)

Score of 61 or higher (with a writing score of 20)

FCE or CAE with a score of 41 or higher

Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Certificate in Landscape Design (Level 3) they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved a total of 40 credits as specified in the programme schedule.

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