The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Viticulture Certificate of Achievement program provides training for employment as vineyard managers in North Coast wine grape production.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Conduct in-depth feasibility studies for new vineyard development, and from the results, prepare comprehensive reports and cost projections appropriate to their planting recommendations;
- Identify and implement sustainable farming practices that will improve fruit quality, provide efficacious pest and disease management, protect natural resources and the environment, and prepare a farming plan that encompasses these practices;
- Research and apply all county, state and federal laws regarding vineyard development and maintenance, worker safety, pesticide use, and environmental protection;
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the latest technological advances in vineyard management and incorporate current technology into their farming plans and budgets;
- Work cooperatively and effectively with wineries to determine optimum harvest parameters, coordinate the operations required, and negotiate a grape contract;
- Show management and leadership capabilities by effectively training others to perform hands-on vineyard tasks: and
- Contribute to the winegrape industry and participate in professional organizations at the local, state-wide, national and international levels.