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Prepare for a career in the craft brewing and packaging industry or start your own craft brewery.

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VCC has partnered with North Island College on this program for the brewing sector.

What you will learn


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop brewing recipes
  • Handle and operate commercial brewing equipment
  • Discuss the economic fundamentals of operating a successful brewing business

You will acquire the qualifications for a wide variety of beer industry positions, including:

  • Brewer
  • Head Brewer
  • Production Assistant
  • Brewery Lab Assistant
  • Cellar-person
  • Craft beer bartender

Successful completion of this program will also give you the skills you need to contest various craft brewing and malting industry certifications such as:

  • Certified Beer Server" Cicerone online exam
  • The Beer Judge Certificate Program (BJCP) "Beer Judge Entrance Exam" online.
  • Institute of Brewing and Distilling “Foundation in Brewing and Packaging” available through BCIT in Burnaby

What to Expect


Direct experience in the brewing industry and hands-on practice with industry experts during a 48-hour practicum held on Sundays in various locations across the Lower Mainland.

Online instruction scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30-9:30 pm. Students must have a desktop or laptop computer with a working camera, audio and Internet service.

Students must also complete Serving it Right (online), WSF-019 (WHMIS Online), and WSF-016 (Confined Space Awareness), at their own cost, outside of the program, to successfully complete the program.


Admissions Requirements 

  • 19+ to participate in the training
  • Able to lift up to 20 kilograms
  • General physical fitness is recommended


  • BRW-010 Beer and Brewing Basics
  • BRW-030 Recipe Development and Quality Control
  • BRW-020 Introduction to Brewing Equipment Operation
  • BRW-040 The Biology and Chemistry of Brewing
  • BRW-070 Packaging Fundamentals

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