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.
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:
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:
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.
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2016-17: $12,381.69 for the full program
This program will begin Fall 2017. Applications will open November 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 03/27/2017