Diploma in Brewing

The industry benchmark for the advanced technical brewer

Diploma in Brewing




Hours of Study:

120 hours per each of 3 modules. 


Bookings for June 2021 exam are now open




Exam registration will close 01/03/2021

Exam Dates:

Module 1 - 8th June 2021
Module 2 - 9th June 2021
Module 3 - 10th June 2021



Exam and self-directed learning materials

Optional Support:

Tutor Guided Learning

Email: customer.support@ibd.org.uk to register your interest.


from £525 per module


Candidates should have first completed the IBD’s General Certificate in Brewing or have a solid understanding of the science and technology of brewing. Candidates should ideally be working at or towards senior / head brewer level.

Candidates who pass Module 3 in the Diploma in Brewing, Packaging or Distilling are exempt from sitting Module 3 in the other disciplines.
The exemption will be automatically granted and there will only be one examination fee applicable to the Module 3 Examination.

Course Components
Study at your own pace with our Online Learning resource containing bite sized modules and over 200 practice exam questions

What will I learn?

You will be taught in depth brewing science, covering all aspects of the production process. This qualification is split into three modules, each of which builds on the knowledge gained through the Certificate level programme.

Module 1

This module goes into great detail about the biochemistry of raw ingredients and how the special properties of barley, hops and adjuncts enable the brewing process. The module then moves on to learning about the physical and biochemical changes that occur during wort production.

Online learning is available for this module now

For a breakdown of what candidates will learn and be examined on in Module 1, please find the syllabus here.

Module 2

In Module 2 you will study the biology of yeast and the science of fermentation. You will learn about the various processes involved in the finishing of beer and in its preparation for packaging. This Module also details the quality aspects required in producing beer and looks at the methods which enable you to produce a highly consistent product. 

Online learning for this module available from November 1st 2019

For a breakdown of what candidates will learn and be examined on in Module 2, please find the syllabus here.

Module 3

In Module 3 you will be taught about the engineering aspect of brewing, gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of heat transfer, fluid dynamics and the gas laws in brewing. You will learn about how processes are controlled, and about the safe operation of equipment and handling of materials. This Module also looks at the environmental impact that brewing has and the ways in which this can be minimised.

Online learning for this module will be coming in 2020

For a breakdown of what candidates will learn and be examined on in Module 3, please find the syllabus here.

Information on how this qualification is examined can be found in the Diploma Exam Specification document here.

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing qualification in the world. The Diploma in Brewing demonstrates to your employer your advanced, applied understanding of brewing science in order to control the brewing process to produce a high quality and consistent product.

Obtaining this qualification allows you to use the “Dipl. Brew” post nominal .

Further Support:

The IBD offers further training options for this course

Find out more

What can I go on to study?

For those that have achieved the Diploma level qualification, the journey to Master Brewer is the next stage in your professional certification programme. The IBD’s Master Brewer qualification is the industries highest level of recognition for those performing in senior roles within the industry. To achieve this qualification takes many years of study and experience, but is backed up and supported by IBD mentors, tutoring programmes and our network of global experts. Becoming a Master Brewer is not quick or easy, but the journey is rewarding and the opportunities many for those that achieve it.

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