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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

Study Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry at SIT

Agriculture

If you're in agriculture, you're in business. SIT's NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management is launching in 2017 and will be offered via SIT2LRN distance learning. The diploma offers a foundation in core business skills such as business planning, financial management, HR, resource management and sustainability and reporting and the material is tailored to the specific requirements of the agricultural sector.

Horticulture, Gardening and Landscape Design

If plants are your passion, then our range of horticulture programmes will develop your skill and equip you with industry recognised qualifications which combine theoretical knowledge and practical application.

Career opportunities for graduates include roles such as farming, gardening, organic horticulturalist, grower or landscaper.

Floristry

Turn your love of art and flowers into a flourishing career. Floristry covers topics from the conditioning and preparation of products to handling, care, and customer service skills. The material cost for the course covers all the flowers and materials used to design products such as flower arrangements, corsages, hand-tied bouquets, posies and floral gifts.

Gaining industry recognised Floristry qualifications from SIT opens up opportunities to work in floristry retail, at hotels and event venues, on staff in major corporate and government organisations, or as a business owner.

SIT also offers evening courses in Floral Design for people who would like a 'taster' course to gain confidence with the art of floristry.

Programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Invercargill

OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry1Invercargill
OShort Course47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

ODiploma47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry Courses

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Part time (30 hours total)

Gain confidence with flowers.  Develop foundation skills in the art of floristry and extend your passion and design for working with flowers.

Course Details

18 months full time (120 credits, 1 year full time + 30 credits, 1 intake part time.)

Up to 5 years part time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

If you're in agriculture, you're in business. The Diploma in Agribusiness offers a foundation in core business skills such as business planning, financial management, HR, resource management and sustainability and reporting and the material is tailored to the specific requirements of the agricultural sector.

Course Details

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Graduates of the qualification will be able to:

Apply knowledge of organic principles to the implementation and monitoring of an organic primary production plan and organic standard’s compliance requirements.

Course Details

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Graduates of the qualification will be able to:

Apply knowledge of organic principles to the implementation and monitoring of an organic primary production plan and organic standard’s compliance requirements.

Course Details

12 Weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly releveant to working or further training in the horticulture sector.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in horticulture.
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base of growing systems and environments for those working or intending to work in the horticulture sector.

Course Details

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the organic primary production sector.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in organic primary production.

To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working or intending to work in the sector.

Course Details

34 weeks full time

This course will provide students with the practical skills required for making and designing floristry products such as hand-tied bouquets and posies, corsages, floral gifts, wristlets and buttonholes, and flower arrangements.  It also covers important operational functions for providing floristry service in a retail environment including the conditioning and preparation of products, appropriateness for the occasion, handling and care, supplier and seasonal availability, toxicity/allergy characteristics, shelf life and price, and customer service skills. 

Course Details

12 Weeks fulltime

Intakes are 12 weeks long.

 

The Certificate in General Horticulture is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General). In 2017 the Certificate in General Horticulture is only available to returning students to enable them to complete the qualification. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) webpage and complete the online application form found there.

This certificate is ideal for those starting out in the nursery, gardening, landscaping, farming or horticulture sectors, as well as those looking to extend their general gardening knowledge.

The Certificate in General Horticulture (Level 3) is the ideal first industry qualification. During this course you will learn to identify plants and understand their lifecycle, gain knowledge of botany and soils, identify and control weeds, and learn about production horticulture in New Zealand. 

Course Details

12 Weeks fulltime

Intakes are 12 weeks long.

 

The Certificate in Landscape Design (Level 3) is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Landscape Construction Strand)(Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3). In 2017 the Certificate in Landscape Design is only available to all students who will complete the qualification in 2017. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Landscape Construction Strand)(Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Land Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) webpage and complete the online application form found there.

Landscape Design combines elements of art and science to create a functional, aesthetically pleasing extension of indoor living to the outdoors. One purpose of landscape design is to blend houses or buildings into the natural surroundings. To work toward a desirable landscape design, the landscape horticulturist must have a working knowledge of design principles and plants.

Course Details

12 weeks fulltime

Intakes are 12 weeks long.

 

The Certificate in Organic Horticulture is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3). In 2017 the Certificate in Organic Horticulture is only available to returning students to enable them to complete the qualification. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) webpage and complete the online application form found there.

Organic horticulture is not just about producing food without chemicals - it is a whole philosophy involving sustainable growing practices and dedicated care of the environment. Over the last 5 years, international consumption of organic products has increased dramatically and so has the need for more information.

Course Details

This Certificate aims to provide students with the broad knowledge and skills necessary for entry level employment and/or further study in the horticulture sector. It covers introduction to plant identification, soils, fertilisers and basic plant botany. It is comprised of units standards at levels 2 and 3. Completion of all seven unit standards will result in students being awarded the Certificate. Required Text: Capon, B. (2008) Botany for Gardeners Revised Edition, Colorcraft Ltd. Hong Kong

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Landscape Design combines elements of art and science to create a functional, aesthetically pleasing extension of indoor living to the outdoors. The following unit standards aim to provide students with the know-how to undertake a range of landscape design activities and associated operations within the horticultural sector at an entry tradesperson level. Career Pathways: Employment opportunities may include: assistant to a landscape design contractor or landscape architect, local authority horticultural divisions, horticulturalists, farmers and gardeners, or continue with further study our SIT2LRN distance learning: Certificate in Landscape Design (Level 3) Certificate in General Horticulture (Level 3), Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3) or apply to study on campus: Bachelor of Environmental Management, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management

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