Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations

Course Code FDF30411
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1060 hours

Course Overview

The FDF30411 Certificate III Wine Industry Operations is the recognised qualification to become a qualified wine industry operator.

This qualification is ideal for those working in wine production and offers specific wine industry skills and knowledge, including some technical and problem solving tasks. This qualification covers the following wine industry operational areas:

  • bottling and packaging
  • cellar door sales
  • cellar operations
  • laboratory
  • warehousing
  • wine grape growing

The FDF30411 Certificate III Wine Industry Operations is a 3 year course delivered in the workplace as a traineeship.

Students are required to be working in the wine industry to complete this course.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The FDF30411 Certificate III Wine Industry Operations is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to support employment in the wine industry.

Working in this industry may involve seasonal, with some peak activity periods during the year based on the grape growing and wine making schedule. Extended working hours during these peak periods, which may vary depending on the employer and also the grape growing region.

Work in the wine industry may include roles such as vineyard operator, cellar hand or cellar door operator.

Further studies
After gaining the FDF30411 Certificate III Wine Industry Operations, you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture, 10614NAT Diploma of Wine Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

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/workplace hours.

The course is 3 years full time and requires the completion of 25 units of competency; 7 core units and 18 elective units.

Some elective units require attendance at workshops at GOTAFE campuses.

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 1,060 $3.00 $3,180.00 $9.00 $9,540.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,060 $0.60 $636.00 $9.00 $9,540.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,060 $3.00 $3,180.00 $9.00 $9,540.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,060 $0.60 $636.00 $9.00 $9,540.00
Full Fee 1,060 $5.00 $5,300.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,060 $1.00 $1,060.00 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:

  • Attend an interview
  • 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
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Applicants must also be employed in the wine industry if not undertaking a traineeship.

Units of Competency

FDF30411 – Core Units

FDFOP2063A – Apply quality systems and procedures
FDFOHS3001A – Contribute To OHS Processes
FDFFS2001A – Implement the food safety program and procedures
MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
FDFOHS2001A – Participate In OHS Processes
FDFOP2064A – Provide and apply workplace information
FDFPPL3002A – Report On Workplace Performance

FDF30411 – Elective Units

FDFWGG3001A – Apply Chemicals And Biological Agents
AHCCHM201A – Apply Chemicals Under Supervision
FDFWGG2001A – Bench Graft Vines
FDFWGG2023A – Carry Out Basic Canopy Maintenance
FDFCEL2018A – Carry Out Inert Gas Handling Operations
FDFCEL2019A – Carry Out Transfer Operations
FDFOP2004A – Clean and sanitise equipment
FDFOP2003A – Clean equipment in place
FDFCD2001A – Conduct Winery And/Or Site Tours
FDFWGG3002A – Coordinate Canopy Management Activities
FDFWGG3003A – Coordinate Crop Harvesting Activities
FDFWGG3006A – Coordinate Hand Pruning Activities
FDFWGG2013A – Deliver Injection Requirements
FDFCD3001A – Evaluate Wines (Advanced)
FDFCD2003A – Evaluate Wines (Standard)
FDFWGG2010A – Field Graft Vines
AHCCHM101A – Follow Basic Chemical Safety Rules
FDFWGG2003A – Hand Prune Vines
FDFCEL2012A – Handle Spirits
AHCPCM301A – Implement A Plant Nutrition Program
FDFWGG3010A – Implement A Soil Management Program
FDFWGG3007A – Implement An Irrigation Schedule
FDFWGG2016A – Install And Maintain Vine Trellis
FDFWGG2011A – Install Irrigation Components
TLILIC2001 – Licence to operate a forklift truck
FDFWGG3012A – Monitor And Control Vine Disorders And Damage
FDFFS3001A – Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs
FDFWGG3008A – Operate A Mechanical Harvester
AHCARB205A – Operate and maintain chainsaws
FDFCEL2006A – Operate Clarification By Separation (Centrifugation) Process
FDFWGG2009A – Operate Specialised Canopy Management Equipment
FDFWGG3013A – Operate Spreading And Seeding Equipment
FDFBP2009A – Operate The Bottle Capsuling Process
FDFBP3001A – Operate The Bottle Filling Process
FDFBP2004A – Operate The Bottle Sealing Process
FDFBP2001A – Operate The Bottle Supply Process
FDFBP2002A – Operate The Carton Erection Process
FDFBP2003A – Operate The Carton Packing Process
FDFCEL3002A – Operate The Continuous Clarification By Separation (Flotation) Process
FDFCEL2016A – Operate The Crushing Process
FDFCEL2010A – Operate The Fine Filtration Process
FDFCEL2003A – Operate The Ion Exchange Process
FDFWGG2014A – Operate The Irrigation System
FDFBP3002A – Operate The Labelling Process
FDFBP2011A – Operate The Palletising Process
FDFCEL2005A – Operate The Pressing Process
FDFCEL2013A – Operate The Pressure Leaf Filtration Process
FDFCEL2014A – Operate The Rotary Vacuum Filtration Process
AHCMOM202A – Operate Tractors
FDFWGG2018A – Operate Vineyard Equipment
FDFLAB2001A – Perform Basic Analytical Tests
FDFLAB2002A – Perform Basic Microbiological Tests
FDFLAB2003A – Perform Basic Packaging Tests And Inspections
FDFCD2004A – Perform Cellar Door Stock Control Procedure
FDFCEL3004A – Perform De-aromatising, De-alcoholising Or De-sulphuring Operations
FDFWIN2001A – Perform Effectively In A Wine Industry Workplace
FDFCEL2002A – Perform Fermentation Operations
FDFCEL2011A – Perform Heat Exchange Operations
FDFCEL2015A – Perform Must Draining Operations
FDFCEL2001A – Perform Oak Handling Activities
FDFBP2008A – Perform Packaging Equipment Changeover
FDFLAB2009A – Perform Packaging Quality Control Procedures
FDFWGG2019A – Perform Vertebrate Pest Control Activities
FDFWGG2024A – Pick Grapes By Hand
FDFWGG2025A – Plant Vines By Hand
AHCCHM303A – Prepare and apply chemicals
FDFCEL2017A – Prepare And Make Additions And Finings
FDFCEL2007A – Prepare And Monitor Wine Cultures
FDFLAB2010A – Prepare Product Or Show Samples
FDFCD2002A – Promote Wine Tourism Information
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
FDFWGG2017A – Recognise Disorders And Identify Pests And Diseases
FDFLAB2006A – Record Laboratory Data
AHCSOL401A – Sample Soils And Interpret Results
FDFCD2005A – Sell Cellar Door Products And Services
FDFWGG2015A – Support Mechanical Harvesting Operations
FDFWGG2022A – Take And Process Vine Cuttings
FDFWGG2008A – Train Vines
AHCCHM304A – Transport, handle and store chemicals
FDFWGG2004A – Undertake Irrigation Systems Maintenance Activities
FDFLAB2011A – Use Basic Laboratory Equipment
FDFOP2065A – Work In Confined Spaces In The Food And Beverage Industries
MSMWHS200 – Work safely

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Students complete a written learner guide per unit
  • Workplace observation and competency assessment
  • Third party consultation with workplace supervisors
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 an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

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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