Study Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry at SIT


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.


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 at the Invercargill campus

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


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

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

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Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry courses at the Invercargill campus

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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

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

24 weeks full-time

The programme is designed to 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, and to 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 Numeracy for farming 
  • Two wheelers and quads
  • Animal handling and welfare
  • Livestock feed requirements 
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