Certificate IV in Horticulture

Course Code AHC40416
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 1080 hours

Course Overview

The AHC51516 is the Diploma of Viticulture, and is offered as a dual qualification with AHC40416 Certificate IV of Horticulture.

The AHC51516 is the Diploma of Viticulture and AHC40416 Certificate of Horticulture is the recognised qualifications to provide a sound basis in the industry on which to build the professional skills required to work in viticulture, 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 Viticulture Dual Qualification – AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture / AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Viticulture industry.

The dual qualification offering is designed to meet the learning needs of potential new entrants to the viticulture industry, who wish to specialise in the grape growing field.

Job roles in the Viticulture industry may include:

  • Vineyard manager, supervisor or foreperson
  • Grape liaison officer
  • Grape purchasing officer
  • Viticultural technical officer

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

Further studies
After gaining the Viticulture Dual Qualification AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture / AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in one of the following:

  • AHC60116 Advanced Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Wine Business – offered by Charles Sturt University
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road Blended Delivery, Starts 2nd Sept 2019, Online and Oncampus / 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.

Attendance at residential schools is compulsory. GOTAFE has endeavoured to schedule residential schools to avoid peak periods in the viticulture and wine making industry.

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 1,080 $2.87 $3,099.60 $10.00 $10,800.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,080 $0.58 $626.40 $10.00 $10,800.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,080 $2.87 $3,099.60 $10.00 $10,800.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,080 $0.58 $626.40 $10.00 $10,800.00
Full Fee 1,080 $5.00 $5,400.00 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
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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

  • Attend an interview (on campus students only)
  • 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 case study vineyard.

The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school.

Units of Competency

AHC40416 – Core Units

AHCWHS401 – Maintain work health and safety processes

AHC40416 – Elective Units

AHCWRK305 – Coordinate work site activities
AHCBUS402 – Cost a project
AHCPHT402 – Develop a crop regulation program
AHCPCM402 – Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
AHCCHM401 – Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
FDFCD2003A – Evaluate Wines (Standard)
AHCPMG409 – Implement a pest management plan
AHCPHT404 – Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
AHCPMG410 – Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan
AHCPHT506 – Manage a wine making process
AHCORG403 – Manage organic soil improvement
AHCBUS404 – Operate within a budget framework
AHCPGD402 – Plan a plant establishment program
AHCCHM402 – Plan and implement a chemical use program
AHCNAR402 – Plan the implementation of revegetation works
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCPCM401 – Recommend plants and cultural practices
AHCSOL401 – Sample soils and interpret results
AHCIRG408 – Schedule irrigations
TLIR4002 – Source goods/services and evaluate contractors
AHCLSC401 – Supervise landscape project works
AHCMOM402 – Supervise maintenance of property, machinery and equipment
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
BSBPMG522 – Undertake project work

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Online quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Practical exercises and 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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