September 1st, 2014

Cellar operations qualifications approved for development

cellar operations

Competenz has received approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to develop New Zealand qualifications at levels 3, 4 and 5 in cellar operations for the New Zealand wine industry.

The industry has seen significant growth in the last 10 years. It will continue to see growth, with export values expected to increase from a record $1.33b this year to $2b by 2020, putting the wine industry into the top five New Zealand export earners.
Over the last 10 months Competenz has significantly increased its engagement with the industry. We now have over 50 people, including regional associations, either involved in, or following, the work we are doing to develop the qualifications.
Our industry survey received over 50 responses and recent regional meetings were attended by over 40 industry representatives. The support has been fantastic and there has been no shortage of industry experts who’ve asked to join the qualifications working group that met for the first time in early August.
The level 3 qualification is aimed at cellar hands and has a strong focus on health and safety.
The level 4 qualification is aimed at cellar hands who may be responsible for other workers, for ensuring safe work practices, and for meeting production requirements. Graduates will understand the technical principles and processes, plant and equipment involved in producing wine.
Graduates of the level 5 qualification will be responsible for managing people and processes to meet and improve safety, productivity and quality. They will understand the specialised technical aspects involved in producing wine.
We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the proposed qualifications and there is a lot of excitement among employers who are keen to see the qualifications available next year.