Food, Wine and Tourism

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find more information about the programs and how to register?
  • Viticulture Technician Diploma Program  
    Specific questions about the program are best directed to jrouse@okanagan.bc.ca, Jonathan Rouse, Director, Food, Wine and Tourism or feedyourpassion@okanagan.bc.ca.
  • Other Viticulture and Wine programming
    Specific questions about the application/registration process are best directed to admissions support via Ingrid Carter at icarter@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-492-4305 ext. 3206. 

  • Tourism Management Diploma Program 
    General questions about the program can be directed to Kristine Wickner at kwickner@okanagan.bc.ca. All international inquiries should be sent to inted@okanagan.bc.ca.

Who takes this program?

  • Viticulture Technician Diploma and other Viticulture and Wine programming
    Many students are career changers pursuing their interest in wine and viticulture in the Okanagan. These are among the most diverse classes at Okanagan College. Students range in age from early twenties to retirees. Some have moved from other parts of B.C. or Canada to attend. Backgrounds in the restaurant industry and agriculture are common, but there are many others.

Where are the Food, Wine and Tourism programs offered?

  • Viticulture Technician Diploma - Penticton Campus
    Culinary and Pastry Arts Certificates - Kelowna Campus
    Tourism Management Diploma (NEW) - Revelstoke Campus

What kind of work will I get when I finish the program? 

  • Viticulture Technician Diploma and other Viticulture and Wine programming
    Typically certificate graduates obtain entry level, often seasonal work in vineyards, wine shops or winery cellars which pays about $12-17 an hour. The work is hands-on and can be physically demanding. It is hard work, but draws passionate, interesting people.  

What are the career prospects?

Find your path:
• Caterer
• Cellar Hand
• Executive Chef
• Pastry Chef
• Restaurant Manager
• Marketing Coordinator
• Tour Operator
• Viticulturist
• Vineyard Owner and Operator
• Event Coordinator
• And more

How can I find out more details about career opportunities in the food, wine and tourism industries?

  • Viticulture Technician Diploma
    You can see a list of current job postings at Wine Jobs Canada.

For more detailed information about careers in the wine industry, visit the Wine Jobs Canada career options page.  

  • Tourism Management
    You can see a list of current job postings at go2HR.

Will Okanagan College help me find a job?

Students in the viticulture technician diploma, culinary and pastry arts certificates, and tourism management diploma programs participate in an industry-based co-op work placements. Your instructor will work with you to make a work experience plan that suits your interests. This industry experience is a good opportunity to make connections that may lead to future employment.

Food Wine and Tourism