New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3)

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    15 August 2022
    16 January 2023
    14 August 2023
  • Length

    This programme is scheduled over 19 weeks including classroom study, practical work and winery internship.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $480 plus $120 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Free programme.

Learn how to support the winemaker and become an integral part of the day-to day operation of a winery.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Please note fees will only be covered under TTAF until 30 June 2023. Find full details about the fund here.(external link)  Students are advised to enquire about their eligibility for any other fees-free funding when enrolling.

This programme is an intensive programme on the basics of winemaking and finishing procedures during a winery harvest, and when working in a cellar team.

The first six weeks will give you an introduction to the wine industry, the basics of winemaking and practice the tasks required to work successfully in a cellar vintage crew.

The practical days out in cellar operations increase through the programme before offering the opportunity of a paid practical vintage placement for 7-8 weeks while classes are paused to allow for uninterrupted support to wineries. 

Post-vintage the last course, Wine Management Post-Fermentation, will be taught in part-time classes.

If you are keen to see if you want to have a career in the wine industry, this is the perfect programme for you. It gives you a pathway into winery work if you have no current experience.

This programme can also lead to further study on the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking.








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