Professional Qualifications & Development and Members Organisation

Institute of Brewing & Distilling

Helping Professionals Learn, Connect and Thrive in their Careers Since 1886


Take the next step in your career with the IBD

We offer a range of General Certifcate qualifications in Brewing, Distilling, Packaging, Malting, and Cider making.

Support courses

Excel in your General Certificate exam

With Set For Success, the chances of passing your General Certificate in Brewing or Distilling exam is 68%, compared to 54% without Set For Success.

Short courses

On Demand Short Courses

Reinforce your brewing and distilling knowledge with our interactive and multimedia on demand short courses.

Notice to Diploma and Master Candidates

Diploma and Master results are scheduled to be released by the end of September 2024. Thank you for your patience.

Who We Are

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling delivers Gold-standard Technical Qualifications and support programmes for the beverage industries that are recognised around the world.

Our Qualifications and our global community of experts and Members enable you to grow as a professional. The IBD connects you with an international peer network to help you and your business thrive in the competitive and challenging drinks market.  

What We Do


Take the next step in your professional journey with the internationally recognised IBD Qualifications. Our Qualifications cover all levels of your training: from Foundation, General Certificate to Diploma and Masters, and is offered in brewing, distilling, malting, packaging and cider making.


At the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, we are at the forefront of the latest expertise, taking the best of the past to build on our heritage and create a
robust and lasting future for our industry. Our mission is to nurture, support and champion the potential of our community around the world. Join us. 

Short Courses

The IBD on demand courses are a dynamic, flexible and cost effective way to educate professionals on the production line and those working in supporting roles in the brewing and distilling sectors on some of the key and emerging areas of interest within the drinks industry. 

What's On?

IBD offers you plenty of opportunities to connect with new and old friends, build relationships with your peers, and find guidance from the industry leaders.

Join us for an event online or near you.


Launch of IBD's First Short Course Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of our first course series in Operations Management.

The Operations Management short courses provides brewers, distillers and packaging professionals with a practical understanding of the principles, tools and techniques of operations management. 

Find out more about the transition from IBD to the CIBD in our free webinar

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling invites you to a free webinar to discuss the future plans of the IBD, including upcoming Annual General Meetings, resolutions, and the transition to the Chartered Institute of Brewers and Distillers (CIBD). This is an opportunity to ask questions, share your hopes for the IBD (and the CIBD), and engage with our community.

IBD: Past, Present and Future newest episode released

Listen to the second episode of our new podcast series 'IBD: Past, Present and Future' where our CEO, Tom Shelston, talks to Raphaël Grisoni, IBD's Deputy President. Raphaël shares the importance of becoming chartered and highlights the role of IBD global sections in keeping the organisation up-to-date and relevant to the community.

New Short Courses

Operations Management

A series of courses to help you master and understand the principles, tools and techniques of operations management.

Gin Production Course

Gain  the knowledge essential for producing exceptional gins, consistently and at minimum cost.

Dry Hopping Course

Gain the knowledge essential for producing beers with exceptional hop character, consistently and at minimum cost with the Dry Hopping course!