New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3)

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates


    18 January 2021
    16 August 2021
  • Length

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

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    $482 plus $120 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    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

    NZ2722 - New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3)

Free programme.

NEW: Online January delivery will enable you to get ahead no matter where in Aotearoa you are before coming to the Marlborough campus.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find full details about the fund here.(external link)

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

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

The practical days out in wineries 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 vineyards. 

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.

Online January delivery

This study option is designed to allow you some breathing space if you have prior commitments, or if you are joining this programme from elsewhere in Aotearoa.

The online delivery will take you through the first course of the programme – Wine and Wine Industry – and will introduce you to the New Zealand wine industry and the principles of working effectively in a cellar team.

Interactive and team projects are included throughout, sensory experiences will have you seeking out aromas in your pantry and local supermarket, and there are plenty of communication and teamwork interactions that will allow you to complete this course in full.

You will be paired up with other online students and receive support from your tutor, both of which you will continue working with when you come to the Marlborough campus to continue the Cellar Operations, Level 3 programme in February.

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