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Diploma of Viticulture


Diploma of Viticulture – AHC51516

Course Overview

The Diploma of Viticulture is the recognised qualification to become a Vineyard Manager. You'll gain specialised knowledge in viticulture, including grape production, soil and crop management, and irrigation design and maintenance.

You'll learn to manage the end-to-end winemaking process, from planning a plant establishment process through to evaluating wine and managing budgets.

This course can be taken as a purely as a Viticulture stream, or as a Viticulture and Wine stream, which includes two additional wine units, and provides a more comprehensive study of the winemaking process.

This course is delivered online, and supported by additional workshops.

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 Diploma of Viticulture is designed for those wishing to see employment in the Viticulture industry.

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

Roles may include vineyard manager, supervisor or foreperson; or grape liaison officer, grape purchasing officer or viticultural technical officer.

Further Study

After gaining the AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture, you might wish to undertake further study in the Bachelor of Wine Business offered by Charles Sturt University.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Starts 1st Sept, Blended Delivery, Online and Residential School / 2020

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

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 entry requirements for this qualification.

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

  • 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 vineyard

Please note: This qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school

Core Units
Manage staff
Diagnose plant health problems
Develop a grape production plan
Monitor and manage soils for production projects
Elective Units
Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops
Apply biosecurity measures
Operate within a budget framework
Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
Develop a crop regulation program
Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
Evaluate wine
Manage a wine making process
Evaluate grapes for production
Manage work health and safety processes

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Practical exercises
  • Reports

Paula Pipan & Fiona Wigg
Campus: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Trevor Lee & Tracey Torney
Campus: Shepparton William Orr

Ross Opie
Campus: Shepparton Fryers St

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.

This course will be delivered Online with some residential school attendance required.

Attendance at residential schools is compulsory.

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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