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Certificate IV in Horticulture

AHC40416

Certificate IV in Horticulture – AHC40416

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.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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

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 Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • AHC60116 Advanced Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Wine Business – offered by Charles Sturt University

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Blended Delivery: Starts Wed 1st July, Online and Residential School / 2020

Blended online and residential - Open from 01/09/2020

Blended online and residential - Open from Monday 18th January / 2021

Blended online and residential - Open from Monday 3rd May / 2021

Blended online and residential - Open from Wednesday 1st September / 2021

1. Subsidised Standard
$3,465.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$693.00
3. Full Fee
$7,150.00
Course Materials
$220.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$70.00

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
  • 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.

Core Units
AHCWHS401
Maintain work health and safety processes
Elective Units
AHCBAC509
Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and disease control in crops
AHCBIO305
Apply biosecurity measures
AHCBUS408
Operate within a budget framework
AHCIRG436
Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program
AHCIRG437
Schedule irrigations
AHCORG403
Manage organic soil improvement
AHCPCM401
Recommend plants and cultural practices
AHCPCM501
Diagnose plant health problems
AHCPGD402
Plan a plant establishment program
AHCPHT402
Develop a crop regulation program
AHCPHT507
Evaluate grapes for production
AHCPHT508
Develop a grape production plan
AHCPHT510
Manage a wine making process
AHCSOL401
Sample soils and interpret results
AHCSOL505
Monitor and manage soils for production projects
AHCWAT503
Manage water systems

Assessment methods may include:

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

Paula Pipan

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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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