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Winery Assistant Certificate

The Winery Assistant program provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to work in an entry-level position within the wine industry. Coursework will emphasize the scientific principles underlying grape and wine production, influences on wine quality, terminology, winery equipment operation and maintenance, harvest and crush, sanitation and safety, winery sensory evaluation, marketing and sales practices. The program consists of 258 hours of classroom instruction and 50 hours of work experience in a winery.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 12 with minimum 50% or alternatives.

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


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 each course with a minimum grade of 60% to receive a certificate.

Program Area:

Food, Wine & Tourism

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Jan, Oct)




  • Part-Time


2019-20: $4,153.54


September students start the program with Wine 21 on Saturdays or via Distance Education. 

January students take Wine 21 by Distance, or waitlist for the three days per week class.

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