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About the IBD

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) is the world’s leading professional body for people working in brewing and distilling. As an international professional and educational body the IBD promotes “The advancement of the education and professional development in the science and technology of brewing, distilling, and related industries.

Dating back to 1886 the IBD now boasts over 5,000 members and is the largest global professional body for brewers and distillers, and the only one with a worldwide footprint. Global membership is administered on a geographic basis with sections around the world. Members are grouped into regional sections, four of which are in the United Kingdom: Great Northern, Southern, Midlands, and Scottish. There are an additional four international sections: Africa, Asia Pacific, Irish, and International. Membership classes include Student, Standard, Retired, and Fellowship levels.

The IBD offers a range of examinations and qualifications in brewing, distilling, malting and packaging, ranging from the Fundamentals of Brewing and Packaging and of Distilling for nontechnical personnel, through General Certificates in Brewing, Distilling, Malting or Packaging, to Diplomas in Brewing, Distilling, or Packaging. The ultimate accolade is the Master Brewer or Distiller qualification, which assesses levels of both competence and knowledge in the technical management of the production process.

Supporting its members through lectures, technical visits, seminars, and conferences worldwide as well as publishing the monthly Brewer and Distiller International magazine and quarterly Journal of the Institute of Brewing the IBD brings many advantages to individual members and their employers. Association with an internationally recognised professional body enhances a person's standing in his or her profession and provides opportunities for contact with professional colleagues in brewing, distilling, and related industries.

Be a part of the global brewer and distiller network today!

FAQ's

Do I have to be a member to register for IBD Examinations?
  1. You must be a member if you are registering for the:
    - Diploma in Brewing
    - Diploma in Distilling
    - Diploma in Packaging
    - Master Brewer
    - Master Distiller
  2. You do not need to be a member if you are registering for the:
    - Fundamentals of Brewing & Packaging
    - Fundamentals of Distilling
    - General Certificate in Brewing
    - General Certificate in Distilling
    - General Certificate in Malting
    - General Certificate in Packaging Beer
    - General Certificate in Packaging Spirits
When do I receive the examination learning material?

Once you have sent in your completed examination form along with payment, the learning material for the examination you have applied for will be sent to you within 5-10 working days.

How much studying is recommended for IBD Examinations?
  • Fundamentals Level

    It is recommended that a candidate reads and understands this Learning Material, spending around 2 – 3 hours (dependant on level of experience and prior knowledge) on each section of the material. Some of the sections will have more questions asked in the examination than other section; this is detailed in the syllabus and is a useful guide to allocating study time.

  • Certificate Level

    It is recommended that a candidate reads and understands this Learning Material, spending around 3 – 4 hours (dependant on level of experience and prior knowledge) on each section of the material. Some of the sections will have more questions asked in the examination than other section; this is detailed in the syllabus and is a useful guide to allocating study time.

     

  • Diploma Level

    It is recommended that a candidate spends a minimum of 3 - 4 hours per week, in the 30 weeks between November and May inclusive (for examination in June), total 120 hours – in studying for each module of the Diploma Level examinations. Candidates studying for all 3 modules should therefore have available at least one day of full time study per week. Candidates registering late should expect to spend the same amount of study time over a shorter period. The revision notes do not represent a complete course in brewing, distilling or packaging and are intended as an aid to revision prior to the examination. Candidates should not limit their study to these revision notes. this is an unwise strategy and cannot in itself guarantee success.

  • Master Level

    It is recommended that a candidate spends a minimum of 3 - 4 hours per week, in the 30 weeks between November and May inclusive (for examination in June), total 120 hours– in studying for each module of the Master Level examinations. Candidates studying for all 5 modules should therefore have available at least one day of full time study per week. Candidates registering late should expect to spend the same amount of study time over a shorter period.

 



 

When will I receive my examination results?

Results for the May and November Fundamental Level and General Certificate Level examinations will be released as soon as possible, once all of the available papers from each different qualification have been marked.

Results from the June Diploma Level and Masters Level qualifications will be released commencing the 1st Monday in September, please don’t contact us before then. Due to the large number of results letters to be posted, it may take up to two weeks after this date for your results to be posted and arrive, so please do not contact us until 2 weeks after this date if you have not yet received your results.

Please ensure your contact e-mail and postal address is kept up to date during the examinations, as we can only send results to the last known contact details. Please inform the IBD Examinations Team of any changes as soon as possible. Please note: no examination results will be given out over the telephone.