The Diploma of Wine Technology is the recognised qualification to work within a large-scale winery or undertake the management of a small owner-operated winemaking business.
Students will learn to appraise and evaluate wine quality and operate and maintain wine-making equipment, as well the knowledge to ensure sustainability of the enterprise in terms of environmental impact. Graduates will also come away with the ability to supervise cellar staff, and to plan, make decisions and manage operations in a commercial winery.
This course is delivered online and supported by two compulsory residential workshops in Wangaratta.
Please note: Students need to be either employed on a winery or have significant access to a winery to complete this course.
The information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.
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Work in this industry involves seasonal winery activities from fermentation to bottling as either a cellar hand, cellar foreperson, assistant winemaker or to undertake the management of a small owner-operated winemaking business, with peak activities occurring at vintage time during autumn. Vintage work often requires shift work 24 hours/day.
This course prepares you to work within the wine industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:
- Cellar Hand
- Cellar Foreperson
- Assistant Winemaker
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Bachelor of Wine Business offered by Charles Sturt University.
Course Dates & Times
Blended online - Starts on 17th January - online with residentials / 2022
Detailed Fee Information
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:
- are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
- will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.
Course Fees consist of 3 different components:
- Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.
Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.
GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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:
- Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
- Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
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.
- Intermediate computer skills and reliable internet access as this course is primarily online.
- The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school.
- It is highly desirable that students be employed in a winery. Where students are not employed in a winery they must obtain access to a case study winery.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Practical reports
- Written assignments
- Case studies
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. Students are required to regularly log onto goLearn to undertake their studies online. Each lecturer and the Course Co-ordinator are able to track student progress including the number of times they log on and devote to each course component.
Training hours are dependent on the number of units a prospective student plans to study and the study mode.
In addition to the online learning, residential workshops and the students daily work at their place of employment, students required to work for two weeks in a winery over vintage. This relates directly to the unit MSL912001 Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction).
- Attendance at residential schools is compulsory. Students will be advised at the commencement of each year as to the dates, timing and program of each residential school. GOTAFE has endeavoured to schedule residential schools to avoid peak periods in the viticulture and winemaking industry.
- The residential schools include:
- Laboratory: time in the laboratory at GOTAFE where they undertake chemical analyses of wine and juice
- Excursions: organised visits to vineyards and wineries
- Tutorials: GOTAFE trainers and external presenters who are experts in the industry deliver training on campus
- Tastings: Wine and juice tasting in the tasting laboratory on campus.
- During residential workshops students will have access to classrooms, guest speakers/teachers, fully equipped wine laboratories, wine tasting facility, vineyard and winery which will be provided either at a GOTAFE campus or at wine industry sites.
Some commonly asked questions:
- Can I complete this course in less time than 2 years?
No - the course is structured as a 2-year course with knowledge from early units used in later units.
- Do I have to attend residential school?
Yes - it's an opportunity to network with fellow students, participate in field visits and undertake practical assessments.
- Can I do any wine making units?
Yes - students can take two wine making units in the wine making stream.
- Can I do it with the Diploma of Viticulture (AHC51519)?
Yes. The completion of the Diploma of Viticulture AHC51519 alongside the Diploma of Wine Technology 10614NAT requires the completion of four extra units and a third year of attendance.
- How many credits will the Diploma give me for the degree at Charles Sturt Uni?
CSU assess the number of credits on a case-by-case basis, depending on which electives were chosen and which CSU degree the student is applying for.
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.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
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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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