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.
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.
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
Detailed Fee Information
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
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.
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
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Case studies
- Practical exercises
Paula Pipan & Fiona Wigg
Campus: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre
Trevor Lee & Tracey Torney
Campus: Shepparton William Orr
Campus: Shepparton Fryers St
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.
This course will be delivered Online with some residential school attendance required.
Attendance at residential schools is compulsory.
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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.
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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