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Diploma of Wine Technology


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Diploma of Wine Technology – 10614NAT

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Course Overview

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 wine making business.

You'll learn to analyse the chemistry and micro-organisms of wine production, appraise and evaluate wine quality, and manage the end-to-end winemaking process.

You'll also learn skills in irrigation system design, crop and grape production, winery storage, and soil management.

This course is delivered online, and supported by two residential workshops per year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work within the wine industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Cellar Hand
  • Cellar Foreperson
  • Assistant Winemaker

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Bachelor of Wine Business offered by Charles Sturt University.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Comprises of Online Learning & On Campus Attendance / 2019

Starts Friday 1st May, Blended Delivery inc. Online and Residential school /2020

Starts Tue 1st Sept, Blended Delivery inc. Online and Residential school /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 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
  • Intermediate computer skills

The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school.

Core Units
Manage staff
Evaluate wine
Manage a wine making process
Maintain work health and safety processes
Collect and manage data
Analyse the influence of micro-organisms on wine production
Analyse wine chemistry
Appraise wine quality
Research and evaluate wine grape production and wine processing systems
Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)
Elective Units
Operate within a budget framework
Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
Develop a crop regulation program
Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
Develop a grape production plan
Monitor and manage soils for production projects
Develop a marketing plan
Develop winery design and storage strategies
Evaluate Vineyard and winery practices

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Practical reports
  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 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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