Diploma in Brewing

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Attaining the IBD Diploma gives you an internationally recognised and comprehensive understanding of brewing science and its application. This qualification is suited for a brewery manager in a larger brewery or head brewer of a smaller, independent brewery.

You will be taught in-depth brewing science, covering all aspects of the production process. This qualification is split into three modules, each building on the knowledge gained through the Certificate level programme.

To download the syllabus for each module, please click on the module boxes below.


Candidates should have first completed the IBD’s General Certificate in Brewing or have a solid understanding of the science and technology of brewing. Candidates should ideally be working at or towards senior / head brewer level.

Candidates who pass Module 3 in the Diploma in Brewing, Packaging or Distilling are exempt from sitting Module 3 in the other disciplines.
The exemption will be automatically granted and there will only be one examination fee applicable to the Module 3 Examination.

Essential Information

Module 1

This module goes into great detail about the biochemistry of raw ingredients and how the special properties of barley, hops and adjuncts are utilised in the brewing process to create a quality product.

Module 2

In Module 2 you will study the biology of yeast and the science of fermentation. You will learn about the various processes involved in the finishing of beer and in its preparation for packaging.

Module 3

In Module 3 you will be taught about the engineering aspect of brewing, gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of heat transfer, fluid dynamics and the gas laws in brewing.

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing qualifications in the world. The Diploma in Brewing demonstrates to your employer your advanced, applied understanding of brewing science in order to control the brewing process to produce a high-quality and consistent product.

Obtaining this qualification also allows you to use the 'Dipl. Brew' post-nominal.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by an interactive online course. The course will guide you through the processes of brewing and packaging using educational games and simulations, and test your knowledge with quizzes. 

Tutor Guided Learning

As an optional extra, Tutor Guided Learning is available for Diploma level courses. These live online sessions run over 18 weeks from January to May, and cover the entire syllabus to ensure candidates fully understand the learning material and are well prepared for their professional exams. In addition to the live contact session each week, there is an active internet forum with the tutors. Classes are organised to suit different time zones and a maximum of 20 candidates work with their tutor.


What's next?

For those that have achieved the Diploma level qualification, the journey to Master Brewer is the next stage in your professional certification programme. The IBD’s Master Brewer qualification is the industry's highest level of recognition for those performing in senior roles within the industry.

To achieve this qualification takes many years of study and experience, but is backed up and supported by IBD mentors, tutoring programmes and our network of global experts. Becoming a Master Brewer is not quick or easy, but the journey is rewarding and there are many opportunities for those that achieve it.

Why choose the IBD?

The IBD provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world. We’ve been around since 1886 and have built a reputation for trust in the industry due to the quality of our learning material, support for learners and rigour of our exams.

Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.