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Viticulture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 31

Term Effective: Spring 2010

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Viticulture - effective Fall 2009
Viticulture - effective Fall 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2007
Viticulture - effective Fall 1981


The Viticulture Certificate of Achievement program provides training for employment as vineyard managers in North Coast wine grape production. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct in-depth feasibility studies for new vineyard development, and from the results, prepare comprehensive reports and cost projections appropriate to their planting recommendations;
  2. 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;
  3. research and apply all county, state and federal laws regarding vineyard development and maintenance, worker safety, pesticide use, and environmental protection;
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the latest technological advances in vineyard management and incorporate current technology into their farming plans and budgets;
  5. work cooperatively and effectively with wineries to determine optimum harvest parameters, coordinate the operations required, and negotiate a grape contract;
  6. show management and leadership capabilities by effectively training others to perform hands-on vineyard tasks: and
  7. contribute to the winegrape industry and participate in professional organizations at the local, state-wide, national and international levels.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Viticulture program are:

  • Complete 31 units from
    • Viticulture Requirements

Viticulture Requirements - complete 31.00 units
AGBUS 2 Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
VIT 1 World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
VIT 51 Viticulture: Fall Practices3.00
VIT 52 Viticulture: Spring Practices3.00
VIT 55 Basic Wine Grape Viticulture3.00
VIT 60 Vineyard Management3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
WINE 42.1 and WINE 42.2
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 7 Agricultural Economics3.00
AGBUS 56 Introduction to Agriculture and Wine Business Management3.00
AGBUS 61 Agricultural Marketing3.00
AGMEC 60 Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
SPAN 72 Spanish for the Wine Industry3.00
VIT 53 Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production3.00
VIT 54 Viticulture: Summer Practices1.00
VIT 72 Spanish for the Wine Industry3.00
VIT 111 Organic Viticulture 3.0 Units DELETE3.00
VIT 112 Introductory Survey of the Organic Viticulture Industry1.00
VIT 113 Organic Viticulture1.50
VIT 120 Vineyard Pruning0.50
VIT 121 Pruning Techniques for Vine Balance0.50
VIT 122 Vineyard Canopy Management1.00
VIT 123 Spring Budding & Grafting0.50
VIT 124 Vineyard Irrigation and Fertilization1.00
VIT 130 Grapevine Physiology1.00
VIT 131 Working with Your Winemaker - Fruit Quality Assurance1.00
VIT 133 Advances in Viticulture1.00
VIT 150 Basic Viticulture for Spanish Speakers1.00
WINE 70 Wine Component Tasting1.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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