Offering Info

Diploma of Viticulture

  • National Course Code: AHC51519
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC51519-01V01-21KUR-001

Location – Any location via Virtual Classroom


Part Time



Course Start Date

Enquire Now

Study Commitment

10 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma in Viticulture gives you the skills to manage a vineyard from seed to grape. Gain the skills to manage pests and diseases, water systems and soil quality on a producing vineyard. Learn the process of wine making, and how to evaluate wine from excursions to Hunter Valley wineries.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Manage vineyards
  • Control crop pests and disease
  • Produce wine
  • Practice workplace health and safety standards
  • Follow environmental regulations


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Appreciation for wine
  • Communication skills
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Leadership skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Managerial skills

Career opportunities:

  • Vineyard supervisor
  • Winery manager


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in New Small Business

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Access to a vineyard and winery workplace, you must be assessed in vineyard and winery workplace settings
  • Being 18 years or older when commencing the Evaluate Wine (AHCPHT509) unit


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in growing plants
  • An enjoyment of working with people
  • A willingness to living rurally
  • An affinity for working outdoors
  • Comfort with seasonal work, requiring long hours and weekend work during the grape harvest period (approximately 8-12 weeks during late Summer/ Autumn)

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.


To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • To meet the practical requirements of the course students are required to undertake part-time or full-time work in the viticulture industry whilst they are enrolled in the course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • access to a computer and the internet at home to complete E-learning, Moodle activities and other work set by the teacher.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time evening via combination delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4 hours of other study per week. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

Each Study Term will include a three-day training and assessment block to be held at the Kurri Kurri campus.

You may also be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study, research, practice and assignments.


The nationally accredited Diploma in Viticulture gives you the skills to manage a vineyard from cuttings to grapes.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are currently employed or actively engaged with an operating vineyard, participating in vineyard activities throughout the year experiencing all facets of wine grape production. You must be adequately supervised in the workplace by experienced vineyard management staff who are able to provide workplace training relating to the content of the qualification.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled to be delivered via Microsoft Teams Virtual Classroom on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.00-9.00pm. Participants can attend from home. Each Term will include a 3 day block at the Kurri Kurri Campus.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

It is recommended that students have the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at Level 4. Students who do not have the LLN levels recommended, can still enrol in the course as they will be provided with LLN support to assist them in meeting the course requirements.

Students must provide their own Personal Protective Equipment during the course. This includes work boots, hi-vis long sleeved shirt, long trousers, safety glasses, gloves, and a hat.
Students must also provide 2 x USB flash drives (2MB to 4MB each), writing material (pens, A4 folder and paper) and a calculator.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
AHCPHT508 Develop a grape production plan
AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production
AHCBAC509 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and disease control in crops
AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements
AHCWAT503 Manage water systems
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCPHT413 Oversee vineyard practices
AHCPHT510 Manage a wine making process
AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes
AHCPHT509 Evaluate wine

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Any location
Phone 131 601

Fees information

We understand that many students are confused by different fees for similar courses, and want to reassure you that studying with TAFE NSW won't damage your hip pocket.

Learn more about Fees information.

Payment options and assistance

Explore payment methods, pay by instalment, scholarships and VET Student Loans.

Learn more about Payment options and assistance.


Unsave Course

Download Course Brochure

Enter your details to make an enquiry and receive the course brochure