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 and Wine
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.

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.

Who takes this program?

Viticulture and Wine and the Viticulture Technician Diploma

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.

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

Viticulture and Wine and the Viticulture Technician Diploma

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?

Viticulture and Wine and the Viticulture Technician Diploma

Our certificate programs are a good starting point and our graduates have gone on to successful careers across the Okanagan and internationally. If you are ambitious you can advance through further study in viticulture or oenology at other institutions such as Brock in Canada, University of Lincoln in New Zealand or University of Adelaide in Australia. Gaining international wine making experience is also important to advancement. Wine sales graduates may advance to retail/event management or sales positions with relevant experience. Career prospects for the Viticulture Technician Diploma program are strong as the program was developed by industry to meet the local need and includes a working Co-Op each summer of the 2 year program. 

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?

Viticulture and Wine and the Viticulture Technician Diploma

Students in the wine and viticulture certificate and diploma 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. We also forward employment opportunities to students on our viticulture and wine alumni email list.

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