Food, Wine and Tourism

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find more information about the programs and how to register?

Culinary and Pastry Arts
Specific questions about the program are best directed to culinarychair@okanagan.bc.ca. Please direct all international inquiries to inted@okanagan.bc.ca.

Viticulture Technician Diploma Program  
Specific questions about the program are best directed to GBalint@okanagan.bc.ca, Dr. Gabriel Balint, Chair, Viticulture Technician Diploma Program 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. 

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

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 $12-15-17 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
• Sous Chef
• Tour Operator
• Viticulturist
• Vineyard Owner and Operator
• Winery Assistant
• And more

How can I find out more details about career options in the wine industry?

Viticulture and Wine and the 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.  

Our links page also provides information about industry organizations.

Will Okanagan College help me find a job?

Students in the wine and viticulture certificate and diploma programs as well as students in the culinary and pastry arts programs participate in an industry-based practicum/co-op work experience. Your instructor will work with you to make a practicum/work experience plan that suits your interests. This industry experience is a good opportunity to make connections that may lead to future employment.

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