Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations (Viticulture)

National Code: FBP30920
TAFE SA Code: TP01191


Gain the practical skills and technical knowledge you need to progress your career in the viticulture industry. This nationally-recognised qualification will be individually tailored to suit your particular position in the vineyard with training and assessment both on and off the job. Learn to work within a production or production support role with a focus on grape growing, dried fruit, table grape, and wine grape production. Develop your knowledge of food safety programs, quality systems and procedures, workplace safety, safe chemical use, irrigation operations, and operating tractors and vineyard equipment. From cellar operations and bottling and packaging, to viticulture and laboratory testing, you will enhance your opportunities in this growing industry with TAFE SA.

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42 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 42 month course
$421 - $605
$2,948 - $4,232
$282 - $405
$1,976 - $2,837

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before an offer will be made.
    • To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA)
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Production related roles that require an application of wine industry specific skill and knowledge, including some technical and problem solving ability.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations (Viticulture) (FBP30920)
    This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required for operational workers in the wine industry with a focus on tasks related to viticulture, harvesting and post-harvesting. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 15 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Implement the food safety program and procedures 30
    Maintain workplace safety 40
    Participate in improvement processes 40
    Report on Workplace Performance 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out basic canopy maintenance 40
    Communicate wine industry information 40
    Coordinate vineyard operations 100
    Hand prune vines 40
    Implement a soil management program 40
    Implement an irrigation schedule 80
    Install and maintain vine trellis 20
    Licence to operate a forklift truck 40
    Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
    Monitor and control vine disorders and damage 60
    Operate a mechanical harvester 40
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate spreading and seeding equipment 20
    Operate tractors 40
    Operate vineyard equipment 40
    Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70
    Provide first aid 18
    Recognise disorders and identify pests and diseases 20
    Sample soils and interpret results 60
    Train vines 20
    Transport and store chemicals 50
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