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In Pursuit of Perfection since 1886
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world. Since 1886, when established as the Laboratory Club, we have created the technical education industry gold standard to help professionals and businesses in the brewing, distilling and allied sectors, to produce high quality and unique products.
The IBD has existed since 1886 and has built up a reputation for trust in the industry due to the high quality and standards of its examinations, governed and upheld by the independent IBD Examination Board, the quality of its learning material and the support for learners.
Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.
Each year, more than 4000 professionals from all corners of the world, are taking our qualifications to progress in their careers and create for their business high quality products consistently.
The IBD is more than just a learning and technical qualification provider. We are a Membership organisation committed to bringing professionals together to share knowledge and expertise. With more than 3000 members across the world, we operate at local level with our Sections and create a global network and community of professionals with the aim to learn from best practices and create long lasting professional relationships.