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Culinary Management Diploma




What will I learn?

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.

Program Outline:

Year 1

Professional Cook 1 - 30 weeks

  • CA 101 Lab Kitchen
  • CA 102 Cold Kitchen
  • CA 103 Hot Kitchen
  • CA 104 Bakery
  • CA 105 Restaurant

Co-op - 10 weeks

  • CA 250 Culinary Arts Co-op

Professional Cook 2 - 10 weeks

  • CA 201 PC2 Lab
  • CA 205 Restaurant

Year 2 Academic Courses

Winter Semester

  • BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I
  • BUAD 123 Management Principles
  • TOUR 105 Introduction to Tourism
  • TOUR 230 Wine and Culinary Tourism

One Business Administration or Tourism Elective

Fall Semester

  • BUAD 195 Financial Management
  • BUAD 269 Human Resources Management
  • TOUR 215 Restaurant Management
  • BUAD 209 Business Law

One Business Administration or Tourism Elective

The two Business Administration or Tourism electives are recommended from the following:

  • BUAD 116 Marketing
  • BUAD 176 Professional Sales
  • BUAD 200 Digital Marketing
  • BUAD 220 Hotel Management OR TOUR 220 Hotel Management
  • TOUR 235 Rural and Agri-Tourism Development
  • TOUR 240 Service Design for Tourism
  • BUAD 251 Personal Financial Planning
  • BUAD 297 Retailing

Which department am I in?

Okanagan College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,264.50 (US$ 10,639) per year
Total Tuition: CAN $28,529 + Coop fees + 2 CS courses (Wine21 and Wine 31) + CAN $1,100 lab, tools, books & uniform
Start date

Expected January, August, October, November 2023


Okanagan College

Kelowna Campus,

1000 KLO Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V1Y 4X8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

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.

Applicants with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I.

English requirements

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 79 (Internet-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic version): Overall band score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0)
  • Pearson Test English (Academic): Overall score 56 No Communicative Skills score lower than 55
  • Duolingo English Test: Overall score 105.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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