New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General)
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General)

Get into horticulture with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) General. Learn more about growing systems, landscape design, outdoor vegetables and nurseries to enhance your hobby or career in the horticulture sector.

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Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
60
Duration:

17 Weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning
Dates:

2021 Intake 1: 25 January to 21 May - Applications Close 04 January 2021

2021 Intake 2: 22 March to 16 July - Applications Close 01 March 2021

2021 Intake 3: 07 June to 01 October - Applications Close 17 May 2021

2021 Intake 4: 02 August to 26 November - Applications Close 12 July 2021

Fees:

This programme is available for free under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) for domestic students.

International Students

  • $100 per credit
  • Get into horticulture with the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) General. Learn more about growing systems and environments to enhance your hobby or career in the horticulture sector.

    You will learn:

    • Nutrient and water cycles
    • Plant establishment and growth
    • Landscape design
    • Outdoor vegetables
    • Nursery production

    Compulsory

    CGH100  Introduction to nutrient and water cycles (5 credits)

    This paper introduces students to the concepts of nutrient and water cycles and provides students with knowledge that can be applied to the growing of plants in a variety of conditions. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

    1. Describe and illustrate at least three different nutrient cycles.
    2. Describe and illustrate a water cycle.
    3. Explain the importance of nutrient and water cycles to plant growth.

    CGH104  Introduction to plant establishment and growth (25 credits)

    This paper provides students with a practical background to plant establishment and growth, including the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate plants, develop growing media and controlling pest plants. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

    1. Describe plant propagation concepts.
    2. Compare different weed control techniques and systems.
    3. Develop plant growing media to meet specific needs.
    4. Describe at least two different growing systems.
    5. Explain the usage of controlled plant growing environments.

    Elective
    Select 30 credits from the following:

    CGH 101  Introduction to landscape design (15 credits)

    This paper provides students with a practical background to landscape design, including the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate plants, develop growing media and controlling pest plants. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

    1. Identify and select plants appropriate for a landscape design.
    2. Describe techniques for controlling weeds, plant pests and diseases.
    3. Describe the systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.
    4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the techniques and systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.

    CGH102  Introduction to outdoor vegetables (15 credits)

    This paper provides students with a practical background to growing outdoor vegetables, including the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate plants, develop growing media and controlling pest plants. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

    1. Identify and select plants appropriate for a specific area and outcome.
    2. Describe techniques for controlling weeds, plant pests and diseases.
    3. Describe the systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.
    4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the techniques and systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.

    CGH103  Introduction to nursery production (15 credits)

    This paper provides students with a practical background to growing plants in a nursery situation, including the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate plants, develop growing media and controlling pest plants. On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

    1. Identify and select plants appropriate for a specific nursery production.
    2. Describe techniques for controlling weeds, plant pests and diseases.
    3. Describe the systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.
    4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the techniques and systems for the control of weeds or plant pests.

    Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General) will be able to apply knowledge of plant and soil science, and growing systems and environments to the identification, selection, establishment and growing of plants.

    Many graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (General) go on to further study, however some graduates have chosen to use the course to extend their skills for personal use.

    School Leavers
    Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 as follows:

    • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and
    • Literacy - minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for academic purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits) or unit standards - package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 - all three required)
    • Numeracy – a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subject (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

    Mature Applicants
    Applicants over the age of 20 years at the time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one's own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

    NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

    an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

    Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

    Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

    Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

    Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

    Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


    IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
    TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
    TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
    Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
    OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
    NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
    Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
    Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

    * New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

    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 an Important Information Booklet 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.

    Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

    We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

    Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

    • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
    • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
    • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
    • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
    • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
    • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
    • I know my intended payment method
    • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
    • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
    • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
    • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
    • I understand that this is a Level 3 programme therefore, as required by the Tertiary Education Commission, I agree to complete at least one online literacy and one online numeracy assessment as part of my studies
    • I have computer access, an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

    What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

    The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

    Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

    • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
    • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

    Instructions to help you with your application:

    1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
    2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
      0800 748 257 for further options.
    3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

    If you are a new student …

    • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
    • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
    • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
    • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

    Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

    1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents. Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide. Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
    2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

    What happens next?

    • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
    • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
    • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

    To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

    • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3).
    • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) full-time over 6 months or part-time over 2 years.

    Please note:  Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitltement.

    The assessments in this programme are typically short paragraph questions. There are no external exams for this course.

    For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

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