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Viticulture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 31
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Term Effective: Fall 2014


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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Viticulture Certificate program are:

  • Complete 31 units from
    • Viticulture Requirements

Viticulture Requirements - complete 31.00 units
AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70Integrated Pest Management3.00
VIT 1World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
VIT 51Viticulture: Fall Practices3.00
VIT 52Viticulture: Spring Practices3.00
VIT 55Basic Wine Grape Viticulture3.00
VIT 60Vineyard Management3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
Fall Winery Operations2.00
WINE 42.2Spring Winery Operations2.00
WINE 3Introduction to Enology4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 7Agricultural Economics3.00
AGBUS 56Introduction to Agriculture Business and Management3.00
AGBUS 61Agricultural/Wine Marketing3.00
AGMEC 60Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
SPAN 72Spanish for the Wine Industry3.00
VIT 53Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production3.00
VIT 54Viticulture: Summer Practices1.00
VIT 72Spanish for the Wine Industry3.00
VIT 113Organic Viticulture1.50
VIT 120Vineyard Pruning0.50
VIT 121Pruning Techniques for Vine Balance0.50
VIT 122Vineyard Canopy Management1.00
VIT 123Spring Budding & Grafting0.50
VIT 124Vineyard Irrigation and Fertilization1.00
VIT 130Grapevine Physiology1.00
VIT 131Working with Your Winemaker - Fruit Quality Assurance1.00
VIT 133Advances in Viticulture1.00
WINE 70Wine Component Tasting1.50
WINE 70Wine Component Tasting1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2014

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 2015

Previous Versions:

Viticulture - effective Spring 2010
Viticulture - effective Fall 2009
Viticulture - effective Fall 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2007
Viticulture - effective Fall 1981

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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