General Certificate in Distilling

Gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of distilling

General Certificate in Distilling



Hours of Study:



Book now for November 2019 exam


Exam and self-directed learning materials

Optional Support:

Face to Face Learning


from £355


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

If no exam centres are suitable, please contact us at customer.support@ibd.org.uk

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 learn about the raw materials – cereals, grapes or molasses. These are transformed through fermentation into wash, which is distilled into a spirit which may be matured in wooden vessels. You will also learn about the quality aspects that are vital in producing commercial spirits, along with basic analysis techniques and engineering principles.

Download the full syllabus to find out exactly what you will learn and how the examination works. 

What will I achieve?

IBD Qualifications are the most widely recognised distilling qualifications in the world. The General Certificate in Distilling demonstrates to your employer that you understand the basic underpinning scientific principles of the distillation process that go into producing a quality product.

Further Support:

Face to Face Learning Available

An intensive 2-day classroom-based programme in which the whole syllabus is revised and brought to life with practical sessions and multiple-choice question practice. This interactive learning experience gives context to the learning material through hands on sessions with raw ingredients, off-flavour taste testing and problem-solving games.

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Introductory Membership Offer

Join the IBD family with a specially reduced rate while you study. This allows you to attend events designed to support your learning and encourage networking. You also gain access to our journal and our monthly members magazine which contain additional resources for exam candidates.

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What can I go on to study?

The General Certificate in Distilling provides you with the perfect platform from which to continue your studies towards Diploma level qualifications. The IBD’s Diploma in distilling teaches advanced distilling science through a series of three in-depth modules. This programme will allow you to understand the process in greater detail, and by able to apply this knowledge to control the process more effectively.

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