Fees-FREE | NZ Certificate in Viticulture [Level 4]

Study Options



15 months


Level 4

Study in one of the premium winemaking districts of New Zealand

If you are an experienced worker in the Viticulture industry, or are capable of transferring your prior skills and knowledge and want to progress to being able to supervise operations in viticultural production then this qualification is for you.

You will benefit by having a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge acquisition to enable improved job performance.

The winegrowing industry will benefit by having knowledgeable staff who are able to contribute to more efficient and effective operations.


This qualification is ideal if you have experience working in a vineyard, or are capable of transferring your prior skills and knowledge to the winegrowing industry and want to progress to being able to supervise operations in viticultural production.

As a graduate you will be capable of working in a self-managed capacity and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

Upon graduating you will be able to:

  • Supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills relevant to the viticulture sector.

As a graduate of the programme you will also be able to:

  • Implement and monitor grape production operations to achieve production goals and standards.
  • Implement and monitor a protection programme to meet production goals and standards.
  • Implement and monitor fruit crop management techniques to optimise grape production.

To discuss this programme further please contact the Programme Secretary, Jo Rolfe, on 06 830 1913, or email JRolfe@eit.ac.nz 


There are two entry dates per year:

  • June
  • September

This programme is not semesterised. It does have breaks during the harvest season and over the Christmas/New Year period. Please confirm with Tim Creagh, the Programme Coordinator, the dates of holidays and exact start and end dates. Phone Tim on 06 830 1849, or email TCreagh@eit.ac.nz

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed in the winegrowing industry as vineyard supervisor or vineyard leading hand.


wine science courses + viticulture courses


Academic Requirements

  • NCEA Level 2, OR
  • A qualification at Level 2 or above, OR
  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience in a vineyard (or interest), literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1). (In this case the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence).

Other Requirements

  • Be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.

English Language Entry Requirement

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants whose first language is not English should have:

  • NZCEL Level 3 with any endorsement, OR
  • IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, OR
  • Completion of accepted international equivalents.

Study Pathways

This qualification may build on the NZ Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production strand) [Level 3] and may lead on to the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science or the NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production strand) [Level 5].




Your study time will be made up of contact time (class times, tutorials, industry-based learning) and non-contact time (your own individual study time).

Contact Time

On-campus classes are usually scheduled between 2.00pm and 6.00pm on Thursday.

Practical work will be completed either on an employer’s property or at the EIT vineyard.

Non-Contact Time

Each course in this programme requires 6 hours of individual study outside classroom hours.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus

Programme Components

This programme, incorporating the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production strand), consists of six optional courses of 15 credits each as shown below.


Course No.

    Brief Description

No. of Credits

NZQA Level


    Human Resources

  • Use a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills to lead and motivate a team according to legislative and workplace requirements.
  • Use effective human resource management processes and conflict resolution strategies according to legislative requirements.




    Growing Environment

  • Identify appropriate methods for modifying soil properties and apply management techniques appropriate to the situation.
  • Apply soil management techniques to optimise fruit production.
  • Use digital technology to predict, monitor and protect from adverse weather events to achieve production goals.
  • Assist in planning the layout of a fruit production block to achieve production goals




    Fruit Crop Management

  • Apply operational and theoretical knowledge related to flowering plant physiology.
  • Implement and monitor fruit crop management techniques to optimise fruit production.
  • Provide relevant feedback and be open to receive feedback regarding the management of the growth of a fruit crop.





  • Identify the attributes of a range of fruit crop training systems.
  • Apply appropriate pruning techniques to optimise fruit production.
  • Supervise a pruning team according to workplace standards to optimise fruit production.




    Crop Production

  • Plan a crop protection programme.
  • Apply appropriate solutions to pests, diseases, disorders and weeds of a fruit crop.
  • Evaluate the fruit crop protection programme to ensure production goals and standards are met.




    Complying with Market Needs

  • Identify and apply a range of market place requirements to optimise fruit crop quality.
  • Supervise and monitor pickers and quality controllers to achieve required market standards in accordance with workplace standards.



wine science courses + viticulture courses


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.