The Certificate IV in Horticulture is offered as a dual qualification with the Diploma of Viticulture, and provides a foundation for a career in the Viticulture industry.
You'll gain skills in crop regulation, harvesting, and soil and plant nutrition, as well as specialised skills in winemaking processes and management.
The Diploma of Viticulture is offered as either a pure viticulture stream, or a viticulture and wine stream, which includes two additional wine units and provides a more comprehensive study of the winemaking process.
The dual qualification in the Diploma of Viticulture/Certificate IV in Horticulture prepares you to work in the Viticulture industry.
Roles you may be eligible for include:
- Vineyard Manager
- Grape Liaison Officer
- Grape Purchasing Officer
- Viticultural Technical Officer
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:
- Advanced Diploma of Agriculture
- Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness
- Bachelor of Wine Business at Charles Sturt University
Course Dates & Times
Wangaratta - Tone Road
Blended Delivery, Starts 2nd Sept 2019, Online and Oncampus / 2019
Blended Delivery: Starts Monday 6th Jan, Online and Residential School / 2020
Blended Delivery: Starts Wed 1st July, Online and Residential School / 2020
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.
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
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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
Training package entry requirements
There are no training package requirements for this qualification.
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
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Online quizzes
- Case studies
- Practical exercises and reports
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.
Attendance & 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.
Where to From Here
If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.
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.
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
- employment information
- activities etc.
Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.
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
Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
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.
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