Our qualified and experienced teachers deliver tuition and training in National Certificate in Horticulture, the Vakameasina Programme, Lincoln Diploma and other short courses.

Lincoln University Regional Diploma in Horticulture

Fruition Horticulture offers the Lincoln University Regional Diploma in Horticulture and Horticultural Management. These are the same papers and standards as offered at the Lincoln campus but available in the Bay of Plenty and Nelson. Students gain their qualification while being able to stay in their place of work.

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What former students have said about the programme:

  • Amit Pathak, Orchard Manager, DMS “I feel like I have extra skills up my sleeve now that I’ve completed my Diploma in Horticulture. The classes were great, and it was nice to learn from and study alongside other students from various horticulture backgrounds”
  • Whatu Brown, Orchard Manager, Eastpack “When I first started the Diploma in Horticulture it had been 30 years since I’d studied. I knew how to pack fruit, but I certainly didn’t know how to grow it until I completed the course. Thanks to my Eastpack and my study, I have achieved my goal of being an orchard manager.”

For further information please visit the Lincoln website.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Levels 1 - 4)

Gain nationally recognised qualifications in horticulture from tutors who are out there in the field. We deliver either the entire qualification or the ‘off job’ component of your training under a contract with the Primary ITO.

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Level 1 – Foundation Learning

In conjunction with the kiwifruit industry Fruition Horticulture can provide training so employees can gain their National Certificate in Horticulture – Practical (Foundation Learning for Employment in the Post-harvest Sector), Level 1. 

Feedback from courses held to date:
“I totally enjoyed this course and all of the tutors. It was easy to finish assessments because the tutors explained stuff. They were very helpful, patient and knowledgeable which made me feel confident, relaxed and eager to learn more and come back. I have come out of this course eager and excited to start work in the kiwifruit industry. Thank you all so much for helping me through the past weeks.”

Levels 3 & 4
Delivered as the ‘off-job” component of the Primary ITOs industry training programme. These programmes are tutored by Fruition Horticulture in the Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Hawkes Bay regions. For more information and to join these programmes contact the Primary ITO


Vakameasina is funded through the New Zealand Aid Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The programme provides English language, numeracy, financial and digital literacy, health and life skills training to around 1,000 Pacific RSE workers annually throughout New Zealand.

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Building on the successful pilot, the overarching goal of the programme is to maximise the development benefits of the RSE policy.  Through this training, workers increase their understanding of the English language, financial and personal goal setting, budgeting, payslips and deductions, workers’ rights and responsibilities, leadership, remittances, computer skills, health and sexual health issues affecting both men and women.

Some of the teaching and learning resources for this programme are available at


Health and Safety

Concerned about the impacts of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015?  Join us in an interactive one day workshop that covers the key changes in the legislation and the implications for you as employers and workers in the horticultural and viticultural industry.

He Turanga Mo Te Mahi - Foundation For Employment In Horticulture