NZ Certificate in Winegrowing (Level 4)

Incorporating the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Winegrowing strand) (Level 4)

Study Options

Online, Part-time


1 year


Level 4

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

This part-time on-campus or fully online programme is ideal for those starting out in the wine industry or experienced staff who want to know the technical reasons behind vineyard management decisions.

The programme was fully redeveloped in 2022, with new online activities and resources. It can be completed part-time over one year, following one vineyard production cycle.

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

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.


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.

You can choose to study on-campus or fully online. On-campus study entails attending campus four hours per week.

Access to a vineyard is required as all learners must complete practical vineyard tasks.

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.
  • Implement and monitor sustainable winegrowing operations to achieve grape quality specifications.
  • Implement and monitor a sustainable wine grape protection programme to achieve grape quality specifications.
  • Monitor and assess sustainable winegrowing techniques to achieve desirable wine quality.

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


There are two entry dates per year:

  • May
  • August

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

Your future career opportunities

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

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 entry requirements

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 (Level 3) and may lead on to the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science or the NZ 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 self-study).

Contact time

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

Practical work will be completed either at your employer’s/own vineyard or at the EIT | Te Pūkenga Hawke’s Bay campus vineyard.

Non-contact time

On-campus learners should plan to spend six hours of self-study per course, per week, including scheduled classroom time.

Fully online learners should plan to spend 10 hours of self-study per course, per week.

Courses within the programme

This programme, incorporating the NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production (Winegrowing strand), consists of six courses of 10-20 credits each as shown below.

CHWG4.18 Introductory Human Resources

CHWG4.13 Winegrowing Environment

CHWG4.14 Wine Grape Management

CHWG4.15 Pruning and Trellis Systems

CHWG4.16 Crop Protection

CHWG4.17 Vintage Operations

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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


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