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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

OGraduate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
ODegree47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
ODiploma47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry4SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Telford

ODiploma47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry21Telford
OCertificate47Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry21Telford
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

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


Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry Courses

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Part time (24 hours total)

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

Learn about:

  • Flower Care
  • Traditional and Contemporary Designs
  • Designing for your space
  • New Concepts

Course Details

17 weeks full-time, up to three years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

In today’s world agriculture has become more than just the practical, hands-on practice of farming, it is now regarded as big business. The Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Agribusiness Management will help learners critically analyse strategic issues facing agricultural industries, develop and implement appropriate policies in the areas of operations and general management, understanding agribusiness economics, as well as identify future trends and potential issues within the industry.

Course Details

One year full-time, up to five years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

In today’s world agriculture has become more than just the practical, hands-on practice of farming, it is now regarded as big business. The Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management will help learners critically analyse strategic issues facing agricultural industries, develop and implement appropriate policies in the areas of operations and general management, understanding agribusiness economics, as well as identify future trends and potential issues within the industry.

Course Details

Three years full-time

Up to 10 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

This qualification will equip students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to agribusiness management, including key ideas, principles and concepts associated with the theory and application of the papers 
  • Be confident, capable and professional practitioners and learners 
  • Gather and assess agribusiness management information from a variety of sources, undertake analysis of this data, and use this to solve problems 
  • Be able to think critically, analyse relevant issues, and discuss these within the context of agribusiness management in a logical and competent manner 
  • Understand, apply, and communicate principles and concepts within the agribusiness management sector 
  • Developed professional knowledge and applied skills appropriate for the needs of clients within the agribusiness management sector.

 

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, 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

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 full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 18 weeks long

Are you involved in a primary industry and looking to learn more about sustainability? Would you like to learn more about how to work in a self-managing capacity by implementing practices and initiatives that will bring long-term benefits to your community and the environment? The New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production may be the qualification you've been looking for.

Course Details

Part-time over 2 years. Each course runs for 17 weeks (15 teaching weeks, 2 holiday weeks)

This programme is designed to enable you to gain a job or progress within the wool industry. It teaches knowledge and practical skills needed to work with wool, about the New Zealand wool industry and the sheep farming systems which produce wool, and will help increase confidence and satisfaction in your work.

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

  • 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

12 weeks full-time

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

Learn about the factors incluencing organic production, the biotic interactions which occur in organic production ecosystems, soil and ground preparation for organic production, and how to control for weeds, animal pest, and disease in an organic production activity.

Course Details

1 year full-time

This is a great qualification for anyone insterested in starting out on a career in farming and agriculture! Learn farming, fencing and machinery skills to be able to assist in the management of all aspects of livestock production in a dairy, sheep or beef farming operation. This certificate is the first step in a rewarding career at the heart of New Zealand's primary sector, which could lead to farm management, farm ownership, or jobs in associated industries.

Course Details

36 weeks

One year Full-time

Blended Delivery

Study apiculture and develop your beekeeping skills. This course is perfect for those who work or want to advance in the beekeeping industry, hobbyists or those who want a cetificate to verifiy their knowledge and skills.

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

24 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

In this programme you will learn to identify and select plants for a specific landscaping project, work with clients, and establish a landscape plan and landscaping activities.

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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