Diploma of Viticulture

Course Code AHC51516
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 1430 hours

Course Overview

The AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture is the recognised qualification to become a Farm Manager in the viticulture industry.

The AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture gives you a sound basis in viticulture on which to build the professional skills required to work in the viticulture industry, which is an industry that grows grapes for wine production.

The diploma can be taken as purely a viticulture stream, or a viticulture and wine stream which includes two wine units providing a comprehensive study of the winemaking process.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Viticulture industry.

Working in this industry may involve seasonal work, with some peak activity periods during the year based on the grape growing schedule. Viticulture industry employees should expect some periods of extended working hours during these peak periods, which may vary depending on the employer and also the grape growing region.

Roles may include vineyard manager, supervisor or foreperson; or grape liaison officer, grape purchasing officer or viticultural technical officer.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in the Bachelor of Wine Business offered by Charles Sturt University.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road Blended Delivery inc Online and On Campus, Starts Jan 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road Blended Delivery inc Online and On Campus, Starts Sept 2nd / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Training hours are dependent on the number of units a prospective student plans to study and the study mode.

This course will be delivered Online with some residential school attendance required.

Attendance at residential schools is compulsory.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Paula Pipan
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,430 $4.00 $5,720.00 $5.50 $7,865.00
Full Fee 1,430 $6.00 $8,580.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Applicants also need to have:

  • Current or past work experience where operational or technical skills have already been gained and a production management level of responsibility exists.
  • Relevant wine industry experience equivalent to or higher than a Certificate III in Winegrowing Operations is required.
  • Intermediate computer skills

It is highly desirable that students be employed on a vineyard. Where students are not actively employed on a vineyard they must obtain access to a vineyard.

The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school

Units of Competency

AHC51516 – Core Units

AHCPHT504 – Develop a grape production plan
AHCPCM501 – Diagnose plant health problems
AHCBUS501 – Manage staff
AHCSOL501 – Monitor and manage soils for production projects

AHC51516 – Elective Units

AHCIRG502 – Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
AHCPHT402 – Develop a crop regulation program
AHCCHM501 – Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
AHCPHT505 – Evaluate wine
AHCPHT404 – Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
AHCWHS401 – Maintain work health and safety processes
AHCPHT506 – Manage a wine making process
AHCORG403 – Manage organic soil improvement
AHCWHS501 – Manage work health and safety processes
AHCBUS404 – Operate within a budget framework
AHCPGD402 – Plan a plant establishment program
AHCBAC505 – Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops
AHCPCM401 – Recommend plants and cultural practices
AHCSOL401 – Sample soils and interpret results
AHCIRG408 – Schedule irrigations

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • assignments
  • case studies
  • practical exercises
  • reports
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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