The Culinary Management Diploma examines the developing Okanagan region trend toward the combination of wineries and restaurants deeply rooted in local agricultural history. The culinary tourism focus includes wine, food, and culture locally and globally and the foundational business skills and knowledge to succeed in the tourism and hospitality industry.
The total length of the program is two years, beginning with the Culinary Arts Certificate, which includes a ten week co-op, followed by two semesters of Business Administration and Tourism academic courses. Students graduating with this diploma will receive technical training credits and hours credited towards their cook apprenticeship, plus academic credit for the Business Administration and Tourism 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 FOODSAFE Level 1 and WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Material Information System). Prior practical experience may also qualify for an apprenticeship practical training credit.
The students must provide proof of completion of an additional 400 work-based hours* and complete all program components before advancing to the Level 2 components of the program. The ITA required 400 hours may be obtained with the paid work-based Co-op, 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 English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 4. 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 minimumgrade 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:
Professiona 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.
August and January intakes are reserved for international students; however, a limited amount of seats will be held for domestic students. October and November intakes are reserved for domestic students; however, a limited amount of seats will be held for international students.
This program is student loan eligible.
Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.
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.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 01/19/2022