These courses are designed to provide participants with skills and knowledge to enable them to operate under limited supervision as skilled cellar door operations personnel across a wide range of winery activities.
The certificate II course is approximately 560 - 600 hours in length and can be undertaken as a formal traineeship over two years full-time, or thirty-six months part-time.
The Certificate III course, if undertaken after completing Certificate II, will take approximately 390 hours.
For those directly entering the Certificate III, the length of the course will be determined by the prerequisites for the competencies chosen, but is around 960 hours, and can be taken as an Australian Apprenticeship over three years. Details are available from department staff.
To start this course in 2011 apply directly to NMIT.
NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) is the biggest provider of training to the agriculture sector with courses delivered from the Epping Campus located on Melbourne's northern rural fringe. Epping Campus is home to award winning cattle, welding workshops, a forklift training area and glass houses for herb production. It also hosts one of Victoria's few indoor recirculating aquaculture facilities. Nearby are three of NMIT's impressive specialist training centres, the Northern Lodge farm at Yan Yean; Northern Lodge Eden Park, a 60 hectare horse stud; and the Growling Frog Vineyard.
Currently under construction is the Green Skills Centre of Excellence Training Centre, with $9.5million funding for the project provided from the Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow (TIIFT) program as part of the Federal Government’s Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET). (Media Release | Design Response (PDF) | Architectural Plans (PDF))