FREE | NZ Certificate in Viticulture [Level 4]

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15 months


Level 4

Study in Hawke's Bay - New Zealand's most diverse winemaking district

Enjoy working outside and want to learn about winegrowing?

This qualification works well for either experienced viticulture workers or beginners that would like to learn about all aspects of winegrowing throughout the stages of production.

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 programme is available on-campus or online.


This qualification is ideal if you have experience working in a vineyard and want to understand why seasonal activities are done, or if you love working outside and want to move into the industry.

You will be required to complete practical work in a vineyard. If you are not currently working in a vineyard EIT staff will provide contacts to assist you. Attendance of two 2 day seminars are required.

Upon graduating you will be able to:

  • Implement and monitor sustainable wine growing operations to achieve grape quality specifications.
  • Implement and monitor a sustainable wine grape protection programme to achieve grape quality specifications.
  • Monitor and assess sustainable wine growing techniques to achieve desirable wine quality.
  • Graduates will be able to work independently and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

To discuss this programme further please contact the Programme Secretary, Jo Rolfe, on 06 830 1913, or email 


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

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

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


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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 Monday.

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 six (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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Programme Components

This programme, incorporating the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Winegrowing strand), consists of six (6) 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.




    The Growing Environment

  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical, chemical and biological soil properties.
  • Apply sustainable soil management techniques to optimise grape production and quality.
  • Use technology to monitor environmental parameters to achieve sustainable production goals.
  • Assist in planning the layout of a vineyard block to achieve production and quality goals.




    Wine Grape Management

  • Apply operational and theoretical knowledge related to wine grape physiology.
  • Monitor and assess sustainable wine growing techniques to optimise quality grape production.
  • Apply and supervise canopy management operations during the growth cycle of a viticultural crop.




    Pruning and Trellis Systems

  • Identify the attributes of a range of sustainable viticultural trellis and training systems.
  • Apply appropriate pruning techniques to optimise quality grape production.
  • Supervise a pruning team according to workplace standards to optimise quality grape production.




    Crop Production

  • Plan a sustainable grape protection programme.
  • Identify and apply appropriate sustainable solutions to pests, diseases, disorders and weeds of a viticultural crop.
  • Evaluate a sustainable wine grape protection programme to ensure production and quality goals are achieved.




    Vintage Operations

  • Identify and apply a range of harvest parameters and sampling requirements to optimise harvest timing for grape and wine quality.
  • Supervise and monitor harvest operations, quality control and harvest logistics to achieve required market standards.
  • Identify basic winemaking principles and wine styles.



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