Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations (Viticulture)

National Code: FBP30921
TAFE SA Code: TP01327


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, 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. You will enhance your opportunities in the viticulture 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 relevant industry

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Entry Recommendations
If you apply as an existing worker, before an offer is made you will be contacted by TAFE SA to confirm that you are currently employed in a relevant industry.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes for this course are scheduled around seasonality. Classes occur in various wine regions across the state. The course can take up to 42 months to complete.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You must be working in a vineyard with a winery to undertake this course.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 42 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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.

  • 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) (FBP30921)
    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.

    * 2023 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
    Apply food safety procedures 30
    Assist with maintaining workplace safety 40
    Participate in improvement processes 40
    Report on workplace performance 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
    Carry Out Basic Canopy Maintenance 40
    Clean equipment in place 30
    Communicate wine industry information 40
    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
    Sample soils and interpret results 60
    Set up a production or packaging line for operation 50
    Train Vines 20
    Transport and store chemicals 50
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