<small>Proficiency Award 3 in </small><span>Horticulture</span>

Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture

Course Code VHT030
Qualification Proficiency Award 3
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 2100 Hours

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Learning Cloud New Zealand provides students with a range of Horticultural Course majors.

Our world would be nothing without plants. They feed us, keep us warm and dry, clean our air and provide us with a beautiful, green environment to live in. Working with plants, from designing and building a new city park to developing new food crops can be incredibly rewarding and there is a wealth of career options to choose from.

Learning Cloud New Zealand provides our students with a range of Horticultural Majors so that you can specalise and target the Career you want. Below is a list of just some of the Horticultural Course Majors available. Remember to request your free information pack to find out more

This is a fully professional course with a very broad focus. Unlike some other horticulture courses, it provides an opportunity to study across a wide variety of sub disciplines within horticulture; and in doing so, that allows you to move from one industry sector to another throughout your career.

If you love horticulture and don't want to lock yourself into a career in just crops, landscaping, parks, turf or nursery .... take this course and set yourself apart from most other horticulture graduates by having a broader base of knowledge

Study this Proficiency Award 3 for a full and rewarding, lifelong career in the "green industries".

Choose a a more diverse selection of subjects and prepare to be able to move from one industry sector to another as trends and opportunities change throughout your career. 

Core Modules    

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture.

  •      Biochemistry I (Plants) BSC102
  •      Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
  •      Horticultural Research I BHT118
  •      Horticulture I BHT101
  •      Horticulture II (Plant Knowledge) BHT102
  •      Horticulture III (Plant Health) BHT116
  •      Nature Park Management I BEN120
  •      Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
  •      Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
  •      Horticultural Research II BHT241

Elective Modules    

In addition to the core modules, students study any 10 of the following 27 modules.

  •      Cell Biology BSC110
  •      Garden Maintenance VHT100
  •      Herb Culture BHT114
  •      Landscaping I BHT109
  •      Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I) BHT112
  •      Turf Care BHT104
  •      Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
  •      Cut Flower Production BHT221
  •      Cutting Propagation BHT211
  •      Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
  •      Fruit Production - Temperate Climate BHT218
  •      Garden Centre Management BHT255
  •      Nature Park Management II BEN207
  •      Orchid Culture BHT232
  •      Permaculture Systems BHT201
  •      Plant Breeding BHT236
  •      Plant Pathology BHT206
  •      Practical Horticulture 1 BHT238
  •      Roses BHT231
  •      Workshop II BGN203
  •      Biochemistry III (Plant Processes) BSC302
  •      Horticultural Therapy BHT341
  •      Mushroom Production BHT310
  •      Organic Plant Culture BHT302
  •      Plant Ecology BSC305
  •      Practical Horticulture 2 BHT323
  •      Water Gardening BHT307

Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 3 in Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

For more information on this course, please request your free course information pack.

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  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.