International Exchange Programs

Horticulture • Enology

  • For more than 20 years we have been offering placements in specialty agriculture industries.
  • Horticulture placements are carefully designed to meet the needs of international participants interested in gaining a technical and cross cultural experience at one of our host training placement sites. Training programs, include greenhouse and potted plants, landscaping, fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, orchards, garden centers, botanical gardens, and nurseries.
  • Enology is the science or study of viniculture (making wines). Trainees get hands-on experience of how the process of a harvest is completed. The host winery or business provides a training plan that outlines what the trainee will be exposed to during their program. In most cases, the trainee will be able to add to this training plan by discussing what their goals for the program will be with the host and with their Enology Coordinator.

Skill Standards

Employment Opportunities • Classroom Learning • Skills Validation

On-the-Job Education can come from the classroom, online, or even learning on the job.

The foundation is recognized by the U.S Department of Labor (DoL) as the national skills body for agriculture. CAF has the authority to create national skills standards for agriculture and credential individuals who have completed their apprenticeship with skills certificates issued jointly by CA and the DoL.

How Skills are Obtained and Used

Each participant, whether they are from the USA or other countries, receives a certificate of completion. If they are Americans, each apprentice receives a joint certificate from the DoL.

These certificates show all of the skills that have been validated in-the-field by employer hosts. The certificate provides a "2fer" for those participants pursuing academic degrees. A participant receives an educational diploma from their university, (who is accredited by the Department of Education) and a work diploma. Together, these two documents provide a strong resume of the qualifications of an individual as a job candidate.

All the skills validated are available online for employers to view as a transcript to demonstrate the performance of each individual. Furthermore, the applicant can post their "skill card" to our hosted job bank for employers to search for future employees.