Fees-FREE | Certificate in Viticulture [Level 4]

Study Options



15 months part time



Advance a Career in Viticulture

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’s official name is the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) Fruit 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 a horticulture sector.

As a graduate of the Viticulture strand 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 Jo Rolfe, programme secretary: Ph (06) 830 1913, email JRolfe@eit.ac.nz 


Programme start date:                      Intake 1  Sept 3rd 2020

Programme/Year end date:              Intake 1   Nov 19th 2021 


Programme start date:                      Intake 2  June 6th  2021

Programme/Year end date:              Intake 2  Sept 23rd 2022 

This programme is also not semesterised. It does have breaks during the harvest season and over Xmas. Please confirm with Tim Creagh, the Programme Co-ordinator, the dates of holidays and exact start and end dates: ph: (06) 8301849, email: TCreagh@eit.ac.nz

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed as:

  • vineyard supervisors
  • vineyard leading hands

wine science courses + viticulture courses


Entry Requirements

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 requirements:

• 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 New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3), strands Fruit Production.

This qualification may lead on to the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science, New Zealand or Diploma in Horticulture Production (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).


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

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


Students should plan to spend 6 hours of study per course per week including scheduled classroom time.

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Programme Components

This programme, incorporating the 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.