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Study Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry at SIT

Agriculture

If you're in agriculture, you're in business. For students wishing to make a start on an agricultural career, the Vocational Pathways Primary Industries programme offers a good opportunity to gain sound practical foundation skills and knowledge in agriculture.

SIT's NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management is offered via SIT2LRN distance learning and gives 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 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 an industry recognised Floristry qualification 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*

Gore

OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry2Gore

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

Telford

ODiploma47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry21Telford
OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry21Telford

Telford Distance

OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry22Telford Distance
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, one year full-time + 30 credits, one intake part-time.)

Up to five years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

If you're in agriculture, you're in business. The New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management 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

37 weeks 
Full Time

37 weeks Full-time

 

This course provides students with knowledge and appreciation of pasture and crop production and management; animal production, health and management; soil management; farm engineering and mechanisation; financial; business and marketing management; communication skills and personnel management.

Course Details

One year, part-time

Level 4 Dairy Farming programme will give students
the knowledge and skills to implement Dairy Health,
Breeding and Feeding Plans; monitor, analyse and
report on farm performance, maintain vehicles and
equipment, use farming practices that minimize
environmental impact, and manage the milking
process to optimize milk quality.
This programme is designed for level 3 graduates or
equivalent wanting to move into a more responsible
role on a dairy farm.

Level 4 Dairy Knowledge will give students the knowledge and skills to implement Dairy Health, Breeding and Feeding Plans. This course is made for individuals with an interest in dairying; those that want to enter or progress in the dairy industry; and for those employed in the dairy industry.

This programme is delivered part-time by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

Course Details

One year, part-time

Holders of this certificate will be able to discuss pasture grasses and plants, suitable fodder crops and supplements, work out pasture mass and available feed, plan for livestock feed requirements through an appropriate feed budget, and monitor livestock feeding patterns against budgeted requirements.

This programme is delivered by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

 

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills relevant to a horticulture sector
  • Create a garden design

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Graduates of this 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

18 weeks fulltime

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 18 weeks long

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to day-to-day sustainable management of land-based production operations
  • To enable further training in the area of sustainable management
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base of land based sustainability practices for those working or intending to work in the sector

Course Details

12 Weeks fulltime

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that actively contribute to the environmentally sustainable performance of a land based industry or process.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in land based sustainable practices.
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance your knowledge base of land based sustainability practices for those working, or intending to work in the land based primary industries sector.

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two 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 your knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working, or intending to work in the sector

Course Details

18 weeks full-time

The purpose of this qualification is to enable the recognition of intermediate level skills and knowledge required by the floristry industry.

The qualification is for people with entry-level experience who wish to progress their skills and knowledge in the floristry industry. Learners will benefit by having a qualification that recognises their skills and provides a training and career pathway in the floristry industry. Students will learn how to:

  • Prepare hand-tied, base medium, and wired floral items to meet customer specifications for a range of purposes and occasions
  • Display and maintain plant materials and arrangements in a retail outlet to maximise their impact
  • Provide front-of-shop customer service and refer complaints

Course Details

17 Weeks full-time

Up to two 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 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

Intakes are 12 weeks long

24 Weeks full-time (Two 12-week intakes)

Up to two years part-time

The aims of the Landscape Construction strand of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working as an effective member of a team.
  • 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 routine tasks associtaed with implementation of a landscape design.

Course Details

37 weeks, full-time

This programme will teach you about pastures and soils; livestock handling, nutrition, breeding and health; fencing; basic mechanics and engineering; quad bikes and tractors; working animals; chainsaws and farm forestry; sustainability; seasonal farming issues; life skills for independent living in a rural environment.

Studying agriculture at Telford gives you the opportunity to learn a variety of farming skills that will serve you well in your career. One third of the programme is on-farm work experience, one third is workshop and practical sessions to develop skill sets and one third is theory based/academic. Field trips are always an enjoyable part of the year and add another dimension to the course. 

Course Details

One year, part-time

Learn about agriculture and develop knowledge that you can use for employment in the agricultural industry, your own farming property or personal interest.

This programme is delivered part-time by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

 

 

Course Details

One year, part-time

Study apiculture knowledge and develop your beekeeping skills. This course is perfect for those who work or want to advance in the beekeeping industry; beekeeping hobbyists; want a certificate that verifies beekeeping knowledge and skills; or those that want to study part-time while working.

This programme is delivered part-time by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

Course Details

24 weeks full-time

  • It will provide learners with relevant skills and work ready attributes to prepare them to enter a range of industries in entry level positions, or progress to further study.
  • It will provide new ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.
Areas studied include:
  • Health and Safety both on the farm and personal
  • Health and Nutrition (Personal)
  • Literacy and Numeracry for farming 
  • Two wheelers and quads
  • Animal handling and welfare
  • Livestock feed requirements 

Course Details

The units aim 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. 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; 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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