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Viticulture Technician Diploma

The Viticulture Technician Diploma program is currently in the two-year Pilot Delivery (September 2017 - April 2019) If you would like further information or to have your name added to the interest list, please contact Food, Wine and Tourism at feedyourpassion@okanagan.bc.ca. Please note the next update for this program is scheduled for December 2018.

The Viticulture Technician Diploma is designed to provide hands on, theoretical and practical knowledge to work as part of the vineyard management team to plan, develop, plant and maintain a vineyard for the production of quality wine. The diploma program is structured around the viticulture growing season, providing opportunities to develop and apply skills leading to sustainable practices within commercial vineyards. An exciting aspect of working in a vineyard is that nothing is routine, as nature and the vines exert their influence, creating an ever changing environment. Students will be exposed to this dynamic environment of viticulture, developing a range of skills and knowledge, including canopy management, pest control, pruning, training vines, sensory evaluation, occupational health and safety, and operating equipment. An integral aspect of the diploma is a co-op term to ensure students have a comprehensive understanding of the production practices and processes that enable employment within the industry.

Admission Requirements

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.

English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

Biology 11 or ABE equivalent.

Math - minimum of 67% in any of:

  • Pre-calculus Grade 11
  • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
  • Principles of Mathematics 11
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
  • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
  • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Mature applicants who are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year may have the senior secondary graduation requirement waived. Mature applicants without English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 4.

Mature applicants without Mathematics 11 must meet one of the following mathematics requirements:

  • A minimum score of 67% on the Mathematics 11 proficiency exam; or
  • A minimum score of 16/25 on the Mathematics diagnostic test

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%. A minimum of 50% of the program must be completed through Okanagan College. VITT 220 and VITT 270 are required residency courses.

Year 1 Fall
VITT 130 Introduction to Viticulture
VITT 140 Viticulture Technology
BIOL 120 The Biology of the Grapevine
GEOG 110 The Geography of Viticulture
One of:
MATH 112 Calculus I
MATH 120 Pre-Calculus
MATH 122 Calculus II
STAT 121 Elementary Statistics
Year 1 Winter
VITT 150 Vineyard Health and Nutrition
VITT 160 Irrigation and Trellis Systems for Vineyards
VITT 170 Vineyard Operations
One of (not incl. course taken previously):
MATH 112 Calculus I
MATH 120 Pre-Calculus
MATH 122 Calculus II
STAT 121 Elementary Statistics
One of:
CMNS 112 Professional Writing I
CMNS 122 Professional Writing II
ENGL 100 University Writing
Year 1 Summer
VITT 200 VITT Co-op Work Term
Year 2 Fall
VITT 210 Soil and Water Management for Vineyards
VITT 220 Grape Harvest Sensory Principles
GEOG 206 Introduction to Soil Science
BUAD 123 Management Principles
One three-credit elective*
Year 2 Winter
VITT 250 Vineyard Management
VITT 270 Viticulture Capstone Project
BIOL 251 Vascular Plants
One of (not incl. course taken previously):
CMNS 112 Professional Writing I
CMNS 122 Professional Writing II
ENGL 100 University Writing
One three-credit elective*
* Examples of electives (6 credits total):
BIOL 111 Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 121 Biology for Science Majors II
BIOL 251 Vascular Plants
BIOL 228 Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 224 Principles of Genetics
BIOL 220 Introductory Biochemistry
BUAD 206 The Business of Tourism
BUAD 230 Wine and Culinary Tourism
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 122 Introductory Chemistry II
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
GEOG 111 Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & Vegetation
GEOG 117 Introduction to Human Geography I
GEOG 127 Introduction to Human Geography II
GEOG 121 Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & Landscapes
GEOG 172 Map Use, Design, and Analysis
GEOG 201 Food and Society
GEOG 213 Geography of Wine
GEOG 265 Tourism and Recreation Geography
GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing
GEOG 274 Introduction to GIS Analysis
PHYS 112 Introductory Physics I
SPAN 111 Spanish I
SPAN 121 Spanish II

Program Area:

Food, Wine & Tourism

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton ()




  • Full-Time


2018-19: $9,429.52 for the full program

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


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