Viticulture Project

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Case for change

“Working knowledge of vineyard operations, leadership, farm management, irrigation and quality assurance systems”  was identified as a priority skill area in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 109).

Industry expectations of employees holding an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 qualification are for skills in leadership and management related to their knowledge of vineyard operations. The Diploma of Viticulture and related units of competency from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package will be reviewed so they more closely align with current industry expectations and requirements.

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 109)

Project Plan

Project Scope

The Diploma of Viticulture and related units of competency will be reviewed to meet industry expectations for skills in leadership and management in vineyard operations. The outcome will be an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 qualification for employees.

Scroll down to view the qualification and list of units that will be reviewed in this project. They will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Viticulture is the cultivation of grapevines and in Australia this includes grapes for wine, raisin and table. It is the largest fruit industry in Australia and grapes are grown  all over the country. The viticulture industry is well developed, innovative and using the latest production practices.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Production Horticulture Farm Manager
  • Production Nursery Manager
  • Viticulture Manager
  • Grape Grower
  • Vineyard Manager


Key deliverables

Review of the Diploma of Viticulture and 11 units of competency within the qualification.



July- August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018 – February 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2019
Drafts available for broader consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – May 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – May 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement


Project Team
Andrea Hayman Industry Skills Standards Specialist
Andrew Horgan National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact
Peter Miller Industry Skills Standards Contractor


Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to


The Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.


Qualification and units

One qualification (AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture) and 11 units of competency will be reviewed as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualification and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the qualification and units so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. Use the links below to view the current components on

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications, skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Andrea Hayman

Units of Competency

Units of competency that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):


Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.


Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected in February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts which is expected in March – April 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualification and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualification and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Andrea Hayman on 03 9321 3526 or



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