The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (Examination Regulations Version February 2013)
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling
33 Clarges Street London
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8144
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1. General Information
1.1 These regulations apply to The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Examinations held February
1.2 The IBD retains full rights of interpretation of these regulations.
1.3 Amendments to these regulations will be made as the need arises, and will be reported in the Brewer
& Distiller International and on the IBD web site (www.ibd.org.uk).
1.4 These regulations address the requirements of all stakeholders: Board of Examiners, Candidates,
Sponsoring Companies and IBD Sections
2. Data Protection Act
2.1 Personal data such as names, addresses and dates of birth, provided either by candidates, their
companies or examination centres, on application forms or by any other means, will be processed in
accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act.
2.2 The data collected for each candidate will be used for the purposes of examining and awarding
qualifications and may be used to organise certificates by the IBD recognised accreditation bodies e.g.
City & Guilds.
2.3 It is a requirement of the Data Protection Act 1998 that each candidate is informed of the purposes for
which their personal data may be used. Further information about the Data Protection Act can be found
online at http://www.dataprotection.gov.uk.
2.4 Individual candidates who wish to obtain access to the data held (as per section 2.1) by the IBD
should apply in writing to the Examinations Manager at the IBD (address on the front of this booklet).
Please note that a fee of £10.00 will be charged in respect of any application made.
3. IBD Examinations and Qualifications
3.1 There are ten IBD Examinations:
The Fundamentals of Brewing & Packaging Beer (FBPB)
The Fundamentals of Distilling (FD)
The General Certificate in Brewing (GCB)
The General Certificate in Packaging of Beer (GCP)
The General Certificate in Packaging of Spirits (GCPS)
The General Certificate in Distilling (GCD)
The Diploma in Brewing (Dipl. Brew)
The Diploma in Distilling (Dipl. Distil)
The Diploma in Packaging (Dipl. Pack)
The Master Brewer Examination (M.Brew)
3.2 Examinations and qualifications may be accredited by national or international Qualification
Authorities recognised by IBD (e.g. City and Guilds).
3.3 Setting, marking and moderation of examinations will follow procedures that have been developed by
the Board of Examiners in line with national and international standards.
3.4 Examinations and qualifications will be reviewed annually to keep up with industry requirements.
4. Preliminary Qualifications
4.1 No prior educational qualifications are required for applicants to sit the Fundamentals, General
Certificate and Diploma level Examinations. Candidates for the Master Brewer Examination must hold a
pass in, or exemption from, the Diploma in Brewing and be able to demonstrate broadly based, practical
experience to the Examiners.
5. Exemption from the Diploma in Brewing
5.1 The IBD Master Brewer examinations are open only to those that have already have the IBD Diploma
in Brewing qualification or are exempt from taking that qualification through the possession of a
recognised prior degree.
5.2 Candidates possessing a recognised degree (Bachelors or Masters level) can apply for exemption
using the appropriate application form. Applicants must be members of the IBD at the time of their
5.3 Exemption allows candidates to enter the Master Brewer examinations but does not award the
Diploma in Brewing to the candidate. As such exempted candidates may not use the Diploma in Brewing
post nominals nor claim that they have the qualification. They may state that they are exempted from the
Diploma in Brewing examinations once in possession of their exemption confirmation from the IBD.
5.4 A list of recognised degrees, by provider, will be held by the IBD and will be publically available on the
IBD website www.ibd.org.uk.
5.5 Degrees (Bachelors or Masters) will be recognised for the purposes of exemption from the Diploma in Brewing by the IBD upon application from teaching establishments. Applying establishments will need to benchmark their degree courses against the syllabus of the IBD Diploma in Brewing. The IBD will review applications and may audit applications through site visits if deemed to be necessary. Teaching
establishments will be required to renew their exemption status every five years.
5.6 These regulations apply from September 2012. Those in a possession of an appropriate degree from
a University recognised by the IBD prior to this date will be subject to the exemption regulations that
applied prior to that date - these are available on the IBD website www.ibd.org.uk
7. Examination Format
7.1 The Diploma and Master Brewer Examinations are modular in format and candidates may choose to
sit any number of modules at each annual Examination. There is no limit to the number of times a
candidate may sit a module, or to the period of time taken to pass all modules relevant to these
8. Examination Syllabus
8.1 All candidates are advised to download a copy of the relevant Examination Syllabi from the IBD
website. Detailed advice concerning the Examinations is included in each syllabus. Each syllabus sets
out the preparation a candidate should make before attempting an Examination.
8.2 Potential Examination candidates should download the appropriate syllabi as soon as possible from
the IBD website www.ibd.org.uk.
9. Applications to sit the IBD Examinations
9.1 Application forms for Diploma and Master Brewer Examinations being held in June must reach the
IBD by the deadline advertised on the application form. Any late applications will incur a late fee per
module per candidate.
9.2 All application forms must be on the correct form and require a signature and sponsor statement. The
forms should be sent with the appropriate entry fees, as set by the IBD for that registration period.
9.3 Candidates for the Diploma must be active Members of the IBD in the year of sitting the Examination.
9.4 Master Brewer Examination candidates must be active Members of the IBD and also have passed the
Diploma in Brewing or been granted exemption from the Diploma in Brewing.
9.5 Membership of the IBD is not a prerequisite for sitting the Fundamentals and General Certificate
9.6 Sponsoring employers are encouraged to facilitate the preparation of candidates for examinations by
the use of IBD approved trainers, institutions and learning material.
10. Medical Conditions
10.1 The Board of Examiners may grant special dispensation to candidates with proven medical
10.2 Candidates must notify the Exam Manager in writing when applying to sit an Examination, or as they
are diagnosed, enclosing medical documents to support their case.
10.3 The Board of Examiners will consider each case on an individual basis, and will notify the candidate
of any dispensation.
11. Examination Fees
11.1 The IBD reserves the right to alter examination fees at any time.
11.2 The IBD reserves the right to withhold the results and the certificate (if applicable) in respect of any
candidate for whom Examination fees (and/or Membership fees if applicable) have not been paid.
12. Examination Notices
12.1 Notices, giving up-to-date details regarding Examinations, applications, fees, and other important
information, are constantly updated on the IBD web site. Notices may also appear in The Brewer &
Distiller International magazine.
13. Personal Details - Notification of Changes
13.1 Candidates must keep both the Examinations Department and the Registrar informed of any errors
in their personal details or changes to their home/business address.
14. Withdrawal from an Examination
14.1 The IBD does not offer examination fee refunds.
14.2 Deferrals for non-medical reasons will only be accepted up until 1st March for exams taken in June
of that year and 1st of September for exams taking place in November of that year. This will incur a
deferral fee of £75 per module.
14.3 Deferral of fees will be granted on medical grounds on receipt of a medical certificate or doctor's
14.4 Fees may only be deferred once and requests must be made in writing.
15. Examination Centres
15.1 The IBD will organise all Examination Centres, and write to all candidates to confirm the location of
their allocated Examination Centre.
16. Malpractice/Breach of Regulations
16.1 Candidates are forbidden to communicate in any way with, seek assistance from, give assistance to,
or interfere with, the work of other candidates or the invigilators in the Examination room or elsewhere
during the period of the Examination, or indulge in any other form of unfair practice.
16.2 The invigilator or his/her representative is empowered to expel a candidate from the Examination
room, but such action will only be taken if it is felt that it is essential, or when the continued presence of
the candidate would cause disruption to other candidates.
16.3 Any established, suspected or alleged collusion or misconduct discovered at any time during an
Examination must be reported to the IBD Examinations Department and supported by a statement signed
by the invigilator or his/her representative.
16.4 If the IBD is satisfied that a breach of these regulations has occurred, it reserves the right to take
such action as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, including disqualification of the candidate from
all Examination Modules/Papers. The IBD also reserves the right to bar the candidate from future IBD
Examinations for any period of time.
16.5 The IBD has the right to disqualify any candidate who is involved in impersonation or is knowingly
impersonated at an Examination.
16.6 Plagiarism guidelines are covered in section 25.
17. Personal Identification
17.1 Candidates are advised that they should take the letter confirming their Examination Centre and
candidate number with them to the Examination Centre.
17.2 All candidates are required to be in possession of photographic identification at their Examination
Centre. Valid examples would be a passport or driving licence. In the event that a candidate fails to
provide such photographic identification, or the invigilator is unsure whether the identification matches the
candidate, formal procedures for verification will be followed by the Examination Centre and the IBD.
18. Reading Time
18.1 Candidates taking the Diploma in Brewing, Diploma in Distilling or M.Brew Examination will be
allowed fifteen minutes of reading time prior to the start of the Examination. During this time, candidates
will not be permitted to write.
18.2 Candidates taking the Diploma in Packaging will be allowed 5 minutes reading time prior to the start
of each Examination. During this time, candidates will not be permitted to write.
18.3 Candidates sitting the Fundamentals and General Certificate Examinations should note that
sufficient reading time has been incorporated into the Examination papers and no additional reading time
19. Use of Electronic Calculators during the Examination
19.1 Candidates will be permitted to take electronic calculators into the Examination Room. Electronic
organisers and mobile devices are not allowed.
19.2 Only calculators of the hand-held type, quiet in operation and complete with their own power supply,
will be permitted.
19.3 Calculators must have a volatile memory and be capable of storing only numerical data.
20. Use of Dictionaries during the Examination
20.1 Candidates are not permitted to use dictionaries/thesauri or electronic spellcheckers whilst writing
any IBD Examination. However, candidates who do not speak English as their first language may use
language translation dictionaries subject to written approval from the Board of Examiners gained not less
than one calendar month before the Examination.
21. Examination Scripts
21.1 Examination scripts are confidential between the candidate and the IBD, and may not be read or
photocopied by an invigilator, his/her representative or any other person, prior to despatch for marking.
21.2 All marked Examination scripts remain the property of the IBD and will not be released to
candidates, their employers or any other person.
22. Publication and Certification of Results
22.1 Examination results will be released to candidates by letter only. Results will not be issued to
candidates by any other method.
22.2 Examination results will be issued to candidates in grade form only, as determined by the grade
boundaries set by the Board of Examiners. It is IBD policy not to make public the actual marks and/or
percentage scores that candidates receive, but, in certain circumstances, such information may be
requested by IBD authorised persons (as detailed in 22.5 and 22.6, below).
22.3 A certificate will be issued for a pass in each module, with the appropriate grade indicated.
22.4 A certificate is and remains at all times, the property of the IBD, and the IBD reserves the right to
request it from any candidate at any time.
22.5 Candidates are advised that their Examination results may be notified to their company if they have
received full company support in payment of their Examination fees. Under exceptional circumstances,
supporting companies may require the IBD to provide more details relating to specific candidates' results
(such as actual marks and details of questions answered); this information may be relevant to specific
awards of which the IBD qualifications represent the examined knowledge base. In such cases, this
information will only be provided by direct application by companies to the IBD Board of Examiners;
candidates so involved will also receive the same detailed information. Individual candidates cannot
request this information. To ensure that candidates receive results first, then results will be sent to
companies (upon request) no earlier than two weeks after results have been sent to candidates.
Companies requesting results must provide a list of candidates that they have supported to ensure the
privacy of candidates who have entered privately.
22.6 Examination results and grades may also be passed to IBD Section Secretaries and IBD Accredited
Trainers, when requested, in order to organise Section annual awards and presentation of such awards.
This information may also be used by the Section Secretaries and IBD Accredited Trainers to determine
examination performance at IBD Section level and to help identify future Section training requirements.
Such information passed to IBD Section Secretaries and Accredited Trainers is for their use only and
cannot be passed to any third parties. IBD Section Secretaries and Accredited Trainers are obliged to
ensure that any information so obtained that might prove to be of a commercially sensitive nature is fully
protected at all times. Candidates who do not wish to have the details of examination results passed to
the relevant IBD Section Secretary or Accredited Trainer should inform the IBD Examination
Administration team, in writing, at the time of application. To ensure that candidates receive results first,
the requests for results will be dealt with two weeks after results have been sent to candidates.
22.7 The names of successful candidates will be published in the annual Examiners Report, available on
the IBD web site.
23. Examination Awards
23.1 Please refer to the IBD website for full information regarding current Examination Awards.
24. Appealing Against an Examination Result
24.1 Candidates, who wish to challenge their Examination grade, must complete an Examination Appeals
Application Form and return to the Examinations Department.
24.2 All appeals must be received within one calendar month following the official release of results.
24.3 A fee will be charged for each Examination appeal. Fees must be submitted at the time of appeal
and will be refunded to the candidate if their appeal is upheld.
24.4 The Board of Examiners will review the candidate's Examination paper, in conjunction with the
appropriate Examiner, and advise the candidate in writing of the outcome of the review. In all cases, the
decision of the Chairman of the Board of Examiners is final.
25. Plagiarism Guidelines:
The guidelines below refer to unfair practice and how to avoid it when preparing an assignment or
dissertation. It is inevitable that you will make use of other author's ideas and will sometimes want to
quote them verbatim. Excessive use of quotations should be avoided and should only be used to
emphasise vital concepts. Rather, than quoting verbatim, paraphrase ideas and concepts in your own
words but provide relevant references.
Plagiarism is defined as "deceiving or attempting to deceive the examiners by passing off as the
candidate's own written work the work of another writer", and is regarded as unfair practice. Severe
penalties may be imposed on candidates who are found guilty of plagiarism; it is viewed as a form of theft
and in published work is a criminal offence. When doing an individual assignment or dissertation you
may discuss your work with others in your workplace or workgroup but you must write your own
assignment and not copy that of someone else. In order to avoid inadvertently committing plagiarism
the following should be observed:
The use of the ideas of another must be acknowledged by referring to the author, the year and page
number. The reference (book, periodical etc.) must be included in a bibliography attached to your
assignment. For example, the following ideas are paraphrased from Ball:
In line with the 'shrinking world' where boundaries are disappearing, there is a need for a global
core curriculum and according to Ball (1996:32) some of the key domains are...
There is a need for a global core curriculum (Ball, 1996:32) which has the following key
Use of the exact words of another must be acknowledged by enclosing them in quotation marks and by
indicating the author, date and page in brackets after the quote, e.g.
"This difference in quantity and quality of experience has several consequences for adult
education" (Knowles, 1988:57). Adult education should thus ...
A verbatim quotation can also be given as a separate block of text indented to show that it is a quote and
to make it prominent, for example the quote above from Knowles can be given as:
This difference in quantity and quality of experience has several consequences for adult
education (Knowles, 1988:57).
If you refer to two authors then you can write, for example;
Artis and Lewis (1991) argue that ...
Where you refer to more than two authors it is not necessary to indicate all the names but to use the Latin
abbreviation, et al (and others), in the following way:
Richardson et al (1987) suggest that...
A bibliography must be provided at the end of an assignment where resources used are referred to.
The author, date of publication, title of publication etc. are referred to as follows:
Ball, C. 1996. "Towards A Global Curriculum", Productivity SA, May/June.
Knowles, M.S. 1980. The Modern Practise of Adult Education, From Pedagogy to Andragogy,
Follet Publishing Company, Chicago.
Note: The reference to Ball comes from an article called "Towards A Global Curriculum" which
is in a journal called Productivity SA.
The reference to Knowles comes from his book as indicated by the underlining.
The following are useful referencing abbreviations:
Ibid - in the same place (i.e. repeat of the reference immediately above) e.g. Ibid, p.161.
Op Cit - the work cited (i.e. repeat of a reference previously cited, but not the one immediately above)
e.g. Kennedy, op. cit., p. 32.