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Certificate IV in Horticulture


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Certificate IV in Horticulture – AHC40416

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Course Overview

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.

Career Pathways

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

Further Study

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee

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
  • 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 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
Core Units
Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Cost a project
Operate within a budget framework
Prepare and apply chemicals
Transport and store chemicals
Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
Plan and implement a chemical use program
Schedule irrigations
Supervise landscape project works
Supervise maintenance of property, machinery and equipment
Plan the implementation of revegetation works
Manage organic soil improvement
Recommend plants and cultural practices
Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
Plan a plant establishment program
Develop a crop regulation program
Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
Manage a wine making process
Implement a pest management plan
Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan
Sample soils and interpret results
Coordinate work site activities
Undertake project work
Evaluate Wines (Standard)
Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Assessment methods may include:

  • Online quizzes
  • Assignments
  • 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.

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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.

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.

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

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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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