Nursery

A Nursery qualification from Otago Polytechnic will further build on your current horticulture skills, with a focus on growing plants for commercial sale. Learn to grow young plants, shrubs, trees and crops from seed, right through to sale.

 

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Gain a qualification in nursery and develop your green thumb skills in propagating, transplanting, and caring for plants. You will build your experience and knowledge of the techniques needed to propagate and grow commercial nursery crops, as well as identifying, naming and selecting plants for a range of sites.

The best part about studying nursery at Otago Polytechnic is our hands-on approach to learning. With our flexible study options, you’ll gain practical growing experience in our Cromwell nursery or learn in your own workplace through online classes.

Nursery qualifications

Horticulture

If you’re already employed in the nursery production industry, this programme is for you. With a 50/50 mix of theory and practical, you’ll learn online whilst using your workplace as a setting to practise your developing skills. Courses include Nursery Plant Care, Plant ID and Selection, Propagation, Plant Science, and Communication.

Duration

20 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Work-based

Career potential

Commercial Plant Grower, Landscaper, Nursery Worker

Horticulture

Develop your green thumb skills and get paid for doing what you love. Based at our Cromwell campus, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that horticulturists need when employed in orchards, vineyards, nurseries or any other major commercial operation. Embrace the opportunity to use our campus nursery, and our ten-hectare crop production facility.

Duration

1 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Fruit Grower, Irrigation Technician, Nursery Business Owner, Nursery Worker, Plant Propagator, Vineyard Farmer, Vineyard Supervisor

Horticulture, Study Prep & Pathways

A place to start if you want to work in farming, horticulture, agriculture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas. This programme is a mix of study and hands-on experience. You'll take part in practical workshops, volunteer in the community, undertake 150 hours of work, explore your study or career path, learn about Health and Safety and build your employability skills (reading, writing, numeracy, digital literacy, use of Te Reo). 

Duration

8 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

Specialise in Fruit Production

Specialise in Fruit Production

Learn our purpose-built facilities in Central Otago, where the orchard jobs are.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.