The General Certificate in Brewing gives international recognition of a basic, under-pinning knowledge and understanding in the principles of brewing operations.
The General Certificate in Brewing has been designed for candidates who may have little or no formal academic or technical qualification. Typically a candidate will be employed as a senior operator or team leader in a brewery or packaging plant, however the scope of these examinations will enable candidates from smaller brewing operations to obtain this recognised qualification. This examination is open to anybody with interest in brewing or beer packaging. They are a measure of basic knowledge (theoretical and practical) underpinning brewing, packaging and associated operations.
- The General Certificate in Brewing can be an end in itself, or the start of professional development, leading to the Diploma in Brewing (Dipl.Brew) and potentially, the Master Brewer (M.Brew) examinations.
- The General Certificate in Brewing has City & Guilds accreditation as Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework in the UK (or equivalent internationally recognised standards),.
- The General Certificate in Brewing takes the form of one multiple choice paper of two hours.
Following on from the successful introduction of the on-line General Certificate at six centres worldwide in May 2009, the IBD is pleased to announce that candidates can register to sit the exam on-line instead of using the traditional paper format.
All these qualifications are examined by multiple choice questions, either on-line (currently available for GCB and GCP) or by paper exams.
The pass marks are set at 66% (40 correct answers from 60 questions for GC exams; 33 out of 50 for FBPB). Candidates attaining 90% or more achieve a Distinction pass and 80 - 89% achieves a Credit pass.
Candidates sitting within brewery or university centres will be encouraged to take the on-line version.
The exam itself appears on the screen very much like the paper version and with the same number of questions, but there are various different ways of asking the questions which make the exam a more interesting experience. The marking is done electronically and candidates will received a detailed feedback on how each section of the syllabus has been answered.
Please find below a link which will give some guidance on how to answer the exam. To try this now please follow the below steps.
- In the Name field please enter IBD
- In the Group field please leave it blank
- Then click ENTER
- Then click on the play or triangle icon
- The online General Certificate Examination Tutorial will begin