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Winery Assistant Certificate

The 308-hour Winery Assistant Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to work alongside master winemakers. Similarities and differences between wine, cider, beer and spirits will be explored throughout the program with an emphasis on winemaking. The program includes a focus on scientific principles of production, influences on product quality, industry terminology, equipment operation and maintenance, harvest and crush, sanitation and safety, sensory evaluation, and marketing and sales. Students will also gain real-world experience through field trips and a practicum.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

  • 19 years or older at the time of admission to the program.

  • Foodsafe Level 1 Certificate
  • Serving it Right Certificate


WINE 21 Introduction to Grapes and Wines & Other Fermented Beverages
WINE 22 Introduction to Fermentation
WINE 23 Introduction to Cellar and Brewery Operations
WINE 24 Quality and Safety of Wine, Cider, Beer & Spirits
Students are required to successfully complete the FOODSAFE and Serving it Right certificates before enrolling in WINE 14.
WINE 14 Practicum

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the practicum and attain a minimum grade of 60% in each of the other courses in the program.

Program Area:

Food, Wine & Tourism

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Jan)




  • Part-Time


2022-23: $4,408
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials


On campus

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022