New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3)

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    Flexible start dates for part-time study – apply now
  • Length

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

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2024: $510 plus $123 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies (2024; $2.05 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


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

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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