Otago Polytechnic

Natural Sciences


People who care for plants and animals have the best jobs in the world! Have a dream career working outside as a horticulturalist or sports turf manager, or caring for animals as a veterinary nurse or working with livestock in the farming industry.

 

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HORTICULTURE

Arboriculture programme (Level 3) and (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Work outdoors and enjoy a hands-on, physical job. Arborists are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. This industry-standard qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights including tree removal. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Arboriculture) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Arboriculture).

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts 11 June 2018
  • Apply anytime

Develop your skills in a range of drawing techniques that can be used to communicate landscape design ideas on paper.

Fruit Production online programme (Level 4)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in orchards or vineyards while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the fruit production industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production).

Fruit Production programme (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (International students must study on campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Replacing our Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) and Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) from 2019, this programme will enable you to progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

General and Amenity Horticulture programme (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Do you want to enter the horticulture industry? This qualification will give you the work-ready skills needed to do just this in a range of sectors. Field trips and work experience are a key part of this programme. Graduates will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity).

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to graft and bud fruit trees for domestic or commercial trees. Discover how to change your single variety of fruit tree into one with four, five or more varieties of fruit on the same tree.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 18 June 2018
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

High country farming programme (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 13 and 14 October 2018
  • Apply until start date

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.

Introduction to Viticulture short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Among other topics, you will undertake look at a brief history of viticulture with particular emphasis on grape growing for wine. You will also examine grape growing world-wide, with a more detailed study of the industry in New Zealand.

Landscape Construction and Amenity Horticulture programme (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

With your enjoyment of working outdoors, your planning and organisational skills and your eye for detail, why not get paid for doing what your love? This programme will give you the work-ready skills you need to enter the horticulture industry, focusing on the amenity and landscaping sectors. Field trips and work experience are integral to this programme. Graduates will achieve both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Amenity) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts 1 October 2018
  • Apply anytime

This course will stimulate your imagination and creative abilities. You will design and draw a landscape plan from start to finish.

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

  • Central Otago (for international students only)
  • 26 weeks
  • Starts November
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

Nursery and Fruit Production programme (Level 3) and (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Looking for a way to transform your enjoyment of working outdoors into a career? Use this qualification to develop your green fingers and get paid for doing what you love! This programme combines both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Production) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4).

Nursery Production online programme (Level 3)

  • Online and in your workplace
  • 2-3 years part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Further develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required of horticulturists in the nursery sector while you work. This programme is for domestic students only and you must be working within the nursery industry. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to upksill via online learning whilst using your workplace as a setting to practice your developing skills. Successful graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Nursery Production).

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn what is required to become a fully-certified organic property. This includes information about the certifying agencies, how to become certified and what you may need to consider to gain full organic status.

OSTC Primary Industries (Level 2)

  • Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

If you love the natural environment and like the idea of working outdoors with plants, animals and machinery, then primary industries could be your dream career. You’ll be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industries Skills (Level 2).

Pests and diseases short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Gain a good understanding of what the key pests, diseases and disorders that adversely affect growing and production are and learn how to manage them.

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Gain a useful understanding of plant naming and apply this when learning to identify a range of trees, shrubs and native plants grown locally.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts June 2018
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

Quad bike safety short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts on demand (subject to minimum numbers)
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for riding quads. Much of the course is dedicated to riding skills and safety techniques.

Soils short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Gain a thorough understanding of how soils store nutrients and water, and the interaction and use of these by plants. Learn about soil testing and fertility planning.

Sports Turf programme (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

This is the only full-time sports turf programme on offer in New Zealand! Benefit from our close proximity to world-class sporting venues as well as the outdoor training area that has been established specifically to cater for this qualification. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Sports Turf). From 2019, we will also be offering the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 5) (Sports Turf)*.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts monthly throughout 2018
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Tractor skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts on demand
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for driving and using tractors.

Train the trainer

  • Central Otago
  • 13 weeks
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

This programme has been developed specifically for international students to develop their skills in delivering horticulture training and to gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand horticulture industry.

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn key concepts related to weather, climate and frost. Gain a grower’s interpretation of frost control and the specific techniques needed to manage frost when growing crops.

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn to identify weeds common to the Central Otago region and understand the range of methods of weed prevention and control.

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VETERINARY NURSING

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when they "smile" and use other facial expressions.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible.
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Feb (full-time, part-time, distance) or July (full-time, distance)
  • Apply now

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician)

  • Distance with block courses in Dunedin or Wairarapa and work experience
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Attain the sought-after skills of a rural veterinary nurse and technician. You will be able to work with veterinarians and clients, undertake technical tasks and manage and monitor rural reproductive and preventative health programmes.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

  • Dunedin or by distance with block courses
  • 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Level 5
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on-campus, and part-time distance)
  • Apply now

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Do you want to prepare for a career as a Veterinary Nurse? This qualification will give you the skills required for a successful career in companion animal healthcare. It will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. In addition, it will also enable you to then enter the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Nurse.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on campus, and part-time distance options)
  • Apply now

Gain the advanced skills to make sound, independent decisions about veterinary nursing for animal patients and become adept at supporting their owners. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse (which may potentially progress to a head veterinary nurse or a practice manager role) or within animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education with additional training.

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FARMING

High country farming programme (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).