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Fruition’s unique Level 6 Diploma in Horticulture Production provides a flexible part-time study option to upskill within the horticulture sector. Over two years, you will join other industry professionals, learning to analyse and review techniques critically, implement continuous improvement processes, and more within horticulture.

The diploma is designed with full-time workers in mind, with classes held on Wednesday nights in person and online. And all led by industry experts who care about your success during and after the course.

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Fruition’s Diploma in Horticulture Production is the only Horticulture Diploma offered at Level 6 in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is part-time across two years with classes on Wednesday evenings. You can attend from anywhere in the country online, or come to the in-person classroom, which is live-streamed to the cohort. No worries if you miss a class – they are all recorded for you to re-watch later.

Completing this diploma will give you the skills and knowledge needed to move into higher-up managerial positions in the horticulture industry or to manage your orchard better. This diploma has a focus on the local Aotearoa New Zealand industry.

There are six papers over the two years. Assessments are mostly report-based, with no final exams. You will be graded on the quality of your work throughout each paper.

Each paper has a field trip (three per year). Once per year, we have a compulsory three-day field trip; the fees for this are included with your tuition. Aside from the compulsory three-day field trip, we also have two one-day field trips, which can be attended online or in person.

Learners who successfully complete the programmes following Graduate Profile Outcomes (GPOs) will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 6) [Ref: 2667] with a strand in Process Improvement. Graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse data to determine production and performance trends
  • Critically analyse products, techniques or technologies that contribute to business outcomes
  • Research, design, and manage ongoing strategies for continuous improvement of horticulture production or technologies


Graduates of this programme will be able to apply in-depth horticulture production knowledge and skills to inform strategic business decisions.  Learners will develop advanced technical skills to enable enhanced employment opportunities across a range of horticulture production operations.  The horticulture industry will benefit by having experienced technical specialists who can optimise workplace efficiency and lift the competitive edge of organisations servicing the domestic and international markets.

The Diploma is made up of six individual courses. You do not need to complete a previous course to start a new one, which means new enrolments can join at the start of any course to begin their journey of completing all six. The topics of each 12-week course for the diploma are:

  • DHP6.001 – Production Enhancements
  • DHP6.002 – Performance Management
  • DHP6.003 – Technology Trends
  • DHP6.004 – Product Innovations
  • DHP6.005 – Where Production Meets Postharvest
  • DHP6.006 – Continuous Improvement

The programme runs on a rolling intake system. This means you can begin with any course and continue for the two years until you have completed all six courses.

2024 Dates


DHP6.004 – Product Innovations


Orientation16th January 2024
Week 117th January 2024
Field Trip (1 day)7th February 2024
Week 123rd April 2024


DHP6.005 – Where Production Meets Postharvest


Orientation4th June 2024
Week 15th June 2024
Field Trip (1 day)26th June 2024
Week 1221st August 2024


DHP6.006 – Continuous Improvement


Orientation10th September 2024
Week 111th September 2024
Field Trip (3 days)24th-26th October 2024
Week 1227th November 2024


2025 Dates


DHP6.001 – Production Enhancement


Orientation14th January 2025
Week 115th January 2025
Field Trip (1 day)5th February 2025
Week 122nd April 2025


DHP6.002 – Performance Management


Orientation3rd June 2025
Week 14th June 2025
Field Trip (1 day)25th June 2025
Week 1220th August 2025


DHP6.003 – Technology Trends


Orientation9th September 2025
Week 110th September 2025
Field Trip (3 days)7th-9th October 2025
Week 1226th November 2025

There are no prerequisites. Entry to the programme of study will be in order of receipt of applications and enrolments by applicants who meet the entry criteria required under the programme regulations and have appropriate capabilities to complete the programme of study successfully.

Successful completion of a Level 4 Certificate or above (or equivalent), preferably in the Primary Industries subject area, OR

For applicants 20 years or older without the above academic criteria, evidence of relevant knowledge, experience, and the ability to undertake tertiary study at the diploma level is required. In this case, the applicant must participate in an enrolment interview to verify the evidence.

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the Fruition Diploma in Horticulture Production, where they supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee of their ability to succeed in the programme.

Students must demonstrate significant workplace experience (e.g. a supervisory and/or management role OR equivalent) within the horticulture industry.

Students will be required to provide evidence that they can progress through the programme of study. This may require any or more of the following:

  • Pre-Enrolment Interview
  • Challenge assessments
  • Submission of a portfolio of work

Further details about entry criteria are contained in the supporting documentation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The programme leads to the Level 6 NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production, with a strand in Process Improvement. The programme has been designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people employed in the industry so they can contribute at a senior technical or managerial level.

The Fruition Level 6 Diploma is equivalent to a first and second year Degree in Horticulture Studies. Previous experience with study or 3+ years Horticulture management experience is recommended before taking the course.

Two years part time study. Applicants are selected. Online course calendar lets you know everything in advance so you can plan. All course tools supplied. Local or remote learning. Two 3-day field trips and four 1-day field trips are included over the two years.

Learners are required to participate in a series of field trips/workshops where learners are introduced to the range of horticultural production systems in New Zealand. Workshops include presentations from leading growers/processors in New Zealand speaking on the current and future issues and opportunities, and industry norms for data analysis and reporting.

The one-day field trips can be attended either in-person or online. The three-day field trip is compulsory, and in-person participation is required. All transport, food and accommodation costs for the three-day field trip are included in the course fees.

The cost of each paper in 2024 is $1,222 incl. GST + any Administration Fees if applicable.

For all three papers offered in 2024 the total cost is $3,666 incl. GST + any administration fees if applicable.

There is likely to be a small increase in fees for the 2025 papers so the total cost for all six papers required to complete the course is likely to be about $7,400 incl. GST + any administration fees if applicable.

This can be paid per-paper, otherwise alternate payment plans can be arranged.

All NZ Citizens and Resident Visa Holders* may be eligible for government tuition subsidies through Fees Free. To check your eligibility for Fees Free, find out here.

Fruition offers a Fruition Scholarship, which can fully cover your course fees. For more information or to apply, please visit our Fruition Scholarships here.

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