The Culinary Management Diploma examines the developing Okanagan region trend toward the combination of wineries and restaurants. Unique features of the program include the analysis of food and wine pairing and the combination of food, wine and business training that reflects regional industry training demands.
The total length of the program is two years, beginning with the Culinary Arts program, which includes a ten week co-op, followed by two semesters of Business Administration and Wine courses. Students graduating with this diploma will receive technical training credits towards their cook apprenticeship, hours credited towards their apprenticeship and academic credit for the Business Administration courses completed.
An apprenticeship technical training credit for Professional Cook Level 1 and Level 2 and 600 work-based hours for Level 1 and 240 work-based hours for Level 2 will be granted by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) upon successful completion of this program. Students will also receive credit for WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Material Information System). Apprenticeship practical Training credit may also be granted as a result of prior practical experience.
The students must provide proof of completion of an additional 400 work-based hours* and successfully complete all program components prior to advancing to the Level 2 components of the program. The ITA required 400 hours may be obtained with the paid work-based Co-op (week 31 start), depending on the successful completion of the PC1 component. Upon successful completion of the Level 1 and Level 2 requirements students are eligible to challenge the respective Provincial Cook Certificate of Qualification examinations.
Students wishing to pursue the Professional Cook Red Seal endorsement must provide proof of a total of 5,000 work-based hours and complete Level 3 technical training.
*Work-based hours must be under the direct supervision of qualified Tradespersons (Red Seal or equivalent).
Applicants with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I.
Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants. Mature applicants without Mathematics 11 can take the mathematics diagnostic test, administered by Okanagan College. A minimum score of 16/25 is required.
Applicants may be exempt from some of the admission requirements, depending on their work experience and educational background.
Overall minimum grade of 70% upon completion of the Culinary Arts Certificate, with a minimum of 60% for each course. Students must provide proof of completion of 400 work-based training hours.
Successful completion of Business Administration courses requires a minimum grade of 50% per course and a minimum average grade of 60%.
Food, Wine & Tourism
*Fees are the total for the two-year program
Breakdown of Culinary portion of the program:
Professional Cook 1 (30 weeks): $4,251.42
Professional Cook Co-op (10 weeks): $420.41 (not included)
Professional Cook 2 (10 weeks): $1,347.61
Textbooks and Supplies (i.e. knives, equipment and uniform) for the Culinary portion: Approximately $1,000 total. Students must provide their own leather closed-toed shoes with non-skid soles. Students are required to launder their own uniforms.
This program is student loan eligible.
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Please note that to complete Professional Cook 2, students require an employer to sponsor them as an apprentice and they will need to complete an additional 760 work based hours.
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