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Viticulture Level 1

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement 16 or more semester units

The Viticulture Level 1 Certificate of Achievement is designed for students preparing for careers such as vineyard plant management, vineyard pest management, vineyard irrigation, or fertilizer sales. Some level 1 positions might be titled vineyard technician, crew/equipment supervisor, or assistant vineyard supervisor.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement 16 or more semester units in Viticulture Level 1 will:

  • Use basic ideas and concepts in viticulture, including biology, and ecophysiology of vines and grape cultivars, to work in the viticulture industry.
  • Assess and differentiate the effects of viticultural activities and processes in final grapes and wines produced phenology using sustainable and ecological processes.

Program Requirements

A total of 23 units is required for the certificate. Required core courses (17 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
VEN 102 Introduction to Viticulture 3.0
VEN 120 Viticulture Operations 1 3.0
VEN 121 Viticulture Operations 2 3.0
VEN 125 Introduction to Soil Science 4.0
VEN 130 Integrated Pest Management 4.0

Plus a minimum of 6 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
VEN 122 Viticulture Operations 3 1.0
VEN 135 Grapevine Physiology 1.0
AG 149 Cooperative Work Experience: Occupation 1.0 - 8.0 units
VEN 307 Vineyard Irrigation 3.0
VEN 324 Small Acreage Grapegrowing 1.0
VEN 330 Harvest Boot Camp 0.5
VEN 331 Practical Wine Appreciation 0.5