Professional Craft Brewing - Certificate

The Professional Craft Brewing certificate program is designed for working professionals or hobbyists looking to enter the craft brewing industry, to advance within their professional roles, or to open their own craft brewery. The program’s mix of coursework provides students with a broad understanding of the issues facing the craft brewing industry, detailed knowledge of brewing theory, and hands-on experience working in commercial craft breweries.

Upon successful completion of the initial courses, students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical brewing knowledge in real-world settings, and to develop, craft and serve their own original recipes. Individual courses provide the preparation to sit for a variety of internationally recognized industry certifications, and the entirety of the certificate program prepares students to sit for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling's "General Certificate in Brewing," an NVQ level 3 achievement.

With the successful completion of the certificate, students are able to demonstrate the ability to design, formulate and brew beer recipes that meet generally accepted standards and reflect the characteristics of primary beer styles. This certificate prepares candidates for a career in a variety of entry-level positions within mid-sized breweries, or assistant brewer positions within smaller breweries, across the industry. This program serves to enhance advancement and development of opportunities for those already in the field, or to provide a means for avid home brewers to hone their knowledge and skills to enter the industry professionally. 

This program allows students to choose the delivery format that best suits their needs and location — either fully in person on our campus, fully online from their own location, or a combination of both. Students may also choose a three-week study abroad course in the UK as a component of either program. The Applied American Craft Brewing capstone course (CUL4417) is a hybrid course that incorporates both online and hands-on learning components.

NOTE: Students who enroll in this certificate program are ineligible for financial aid. Veterans may be eligible to apply benefits towards tuition and fees. Contact the Financial Planning office for options. Costs for this program do not include any additional costs or fees, such as travel or supplies.

Professional Craft Brewing

A 15 semester-credit-hour program leading to the Professional Craft Brewing Certificate

CUL3092Brewing Arts *,** 3
CUL4460Advanced Brewing Theory and Analysis *3
FSM4070The Business of Alcohol Distribution, Retail and Sales3
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
British Practical Brewing (Study Abroad) *
Applied American Craft Brewing (6 credits) *
Brewery Operations and Planning
College of Food Innovation & Technology Advanced Internship
Total Credits15.0

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?