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.

 

Timeline

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
William Henderson Industry Skills Standards Specialist william@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew Horgan National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact andrew@skillsimpact.com.au
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 William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

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 training.gov.au.

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 William Henderson william@skillsimpact.com.au.

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, William Henderson on 03 9321 3526 or william@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Development

Work commenced in September 2018 to review and redevelop the Diploma of Viticulture qualification and 11 related units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. This work has been assisted by input from a broad range of stakeholders and representatives of the viticulture industry who have been brought together as a Subject Matter Expert Working Group.

The revised draft qualification and units of competency will be available for download and comment from this webpage in November.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place at the locations and dates listed below, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking on the corresponding link.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Thank you to those stakeholders that have been involved and provided feedback and advice so far. The revised draft qualification and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from November 2018 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Mon 19 Nov 18, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Barossa Valleyregister here

Tue 20 Nov 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm – Adelaide register here

Wed 21 Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm – Margaret Riverregister here

Wed 28 Nov 18, 9.30am to 11.30am – Hunter Valleyregister here 

Thu 6 Dec 2018, 9.30am to 11.30am – Yarra Valleyregister here 

Consultation Webinar

Mon 10 Dec 18, 10am to 12pm – Webinarregister here

 

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Drafts Available

The revised Diploma of Viticulture and 10 related units of competency, including one new unit, were made available for review and feedback from 15 November — 16 December 2018.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualification and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. They were revised to meet industry expectations for skills in leadership and management in vineyard operations, including more specific language about work activities and functions. Feedback was also sought on the proposal to delete one unit, due to very low enrolments over the past 4 years. It is in relation to implementing an emergency disease or plant pest control program.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in March 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The qualification and units have been drafted in consultation with a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes a broad range of stakeholders and representatives of the viticulture industry.

Qualification

This qualification has been reviewed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts to more closely reflect the needs of industry.

AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture View qualification 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

Units of competency

 AHCBAC505 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops View unit
AHCBER501 Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites View unit
AHCORG501 Develop an organic management plan View unit
AHCORG5XX Prepare the enterprise for organic or biodynamic certification View unit
AHCPHT504 Develop a grape production plan View unit
AHCPHT505 Evaluate wine View unit
AHCPHT506 Manage a wine making process View unit
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects View unit
AHCWAT502 Manage water systems View unit
AHCWRK501 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program View unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

The ability to evaluate grapes for wine production was identified as a skills and knowledge gap. Consequently, a new unit has been developed and will be included in the revised Diploma of Viticulture.

AHCPHT5XX Evaluate grapes for wine production View unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

This unit is being considered for deletion due to low participation and enrolments over the past four years.

AHCBER502 Manage the implementation of an emergency disease or plant pest control program View unit 

 

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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft qualifications and units of competency. The documents were made available on the Skills Impact website from 8 – 26 February 2019. Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities. They will then be forwarded to the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee for consideration and sign off, before being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. 

Summary of consultation

Prior to validation, the draft qualifications, skill sets and units were made available for broad industry feedback under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above, from 15 November — 16 December 2018. The draft qualification and units were reviewed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts, to address the limitations of the current qualification and to ensure the proposed qualification entails all that industry requires of it. Feedback was collected on our online feedback hub, through consultation workshops in Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Hunter Valley and Yarra Glen, and via phone call and email.

 

A description of how this feedback has been considered and applied in these final drafts can be downloaded below. Please click the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button.

Qualification

The qualification has been updated to meet the Standards for Training Packages 2012. The packaging rules have been revised to better reflect job roles and activities. Refer to Qualification Mapping Information on each document to view major changes.

The unit AHCBER502 Manage the implementation of an emergency disease or plant pest control program is proposed for removal from the qualification due to low participation and enrolments over the past four years. Industry has recommended the unit not be deleted, as it is forecast to be included in the core of an oncoming Biosecurity qualification due to release in the near future.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture View qualification

Units of competency

All units have been reviewed to ensure current practice and terminology, and that skill complexity is appropriately aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

All units have also been transitioned to comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012:

  • Simplified to only include what is essential and required
  • Delivery advice now appears in an Implementation Guide
  • Description of essential foundation skills
  • Assessments strengthened to state frequency, volume and type of evidence required
  • Language reviewed for clarity.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

 AHCBAC505 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops View unit
AHCORG5XX Develop an organic or biodynamic management plan View unit
AHCORG5XX Prepare the enterprise for organic or biodynamic certification View unit
AHCPHT504 Develop a grape production plan View unit
AHCPHT505 Evaluate wine View unit
AHCPHT506 Manage a wine making process View unit
AHCSOL501 Monitor and manage soils for production projects View unit
AHCWAT502 Manage water systems View unit
AHCWRK501 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program View unit
AHCBER501 Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites* View unit

*AHCBER501 Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites was considered for deletion during the ‘Drafts Available’ stage of this project due to low participation and enrolments over the past four years. However, feedback from stakeholders has been to retain the unit and keep it as an elective in the AHC51516 Diploma of Viticulture.

This unit was created to address the knowledge gap within viticulture of grape growers not being able to identify the future flavor potential of a grape fresh off the vine. This unit was originally created solely for wine tasting, but was expanded for the use of table grapes as well.

AHCPHT5XX Evaluate grapes for wine production View unit

 

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Finalisation

The final draft units of competency and the Diploma of Viticulture are currently undergoing an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process. Part of this process involves the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management IRC providing support for the final documents. Once this process has been completed, the qualification and units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) for their consideration and to seek their support for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the IRC. After consideration and sign off by the IRC, the final drafts will be submitted to the AISC as part of a Case for Endorsement, for their consideration.

The Case for Endorsement will provide information about what changes have been made to the training package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units, skill sets and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are.

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced as part of this project. It will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units and qualification, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

What is involved in the Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance Process? 

The final draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications are reviewed to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy. This process ensures that any barriers to training have been identified, acknowledged, addressed and reduced as far as possible, to enable people to gain the skills required to participate in the workforce and society.

This process also ensures the Companion Volume Implementation Guide provides key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill sets and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

Once submitted to the AISC, the final draft documentations will be made available for download below.

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.