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Diploma of Viticulture


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Diploma of Viticulture – AHC51516

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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.

Career Pathways

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

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

Blended Delivery inc Online and On Campus, Starts Sept 2nd / 2019

Blended Delivery - online & residential schools - Start Jan Trimester 1/2020

DUAL QUAL ONLY - online & residential schools - Start Jan Trimester 1/2020

Blended Delivery - online & residential schools - Start May Trimester 2/2020

DUAL QUAL ONLY - online & residential schools - Start May Trimester 2/2020

Blended Delivery - online & residential schools - Start Sep Trimester 3/2020

DUAL QUAL ONLY - online & residential schools - Start Sep Trimester 3/2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. 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 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
  • The 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
Operate within a budget framework
Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
Schedule irrigations
Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
Manage organic soil improvement
Recommend plants and cultural practices
Plan a plant establishment program
Develop a crop regulation program
Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
Evaluate wine
Manage a wine making process
Sample soils and interpret results
Maintain work health and safety processes
Manage work health and safety processes

Assessment methods may include:

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

Paula Pipan
Campus: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fiona Wigg
Campus: Wangaratta

Trevor Lee
Campus: Shepparton

Tracey Torney
Campus: Shepparton

Ross Opie
Campus: Shepparton

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 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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