Foundation in Brewing

Kick-start your professional brewing career with confidence and know-how. 

Foundation in Brewing defines beer and beer styles and provides a detailed overview of the raw materials used to make them. Each step of the brewing process from raw material intake to packaging is explained in clear and simple terms with numerous illustrations, animations and interactive learning tools.

The Foundation in Brewing is supported by one of the most interactive learning materials created by the IBD for an examination. It features videos and animations of the brewing process along with interviews with leading brewers and other brewing industry professionals.

Who is this Qualification for?

Foundation in Brewing is for possible future brewing professionals with little or no prior brewing knowledge.

It is an excellent introduction to the world of professional brewing. Those supplying raw materials or technical services to the brewing industry could also benefit from attending as the knowledge gained from this qualification will enable you to better understand the needs of brewing professionals and to speak their language.


Exam Dates

15 Oct 2024 Exam

Registration closing: 11 August 2024


19 Mar 2025 Exam

Registration closing: 14 Jan 2025



Learning Material

Included (Online and self-directed)

Candidates will receive access to the learning material within 1 working day after registration.

Study Requirements

40 Hours Min

Membership Offer

Become an IBD Member by taking advantage of this special price for candidates starting from £48


All Foundation examinations are now online with Remote Invigilation on fixed dates for each examination session. Please choose your preferred exam date when booking.

What Will I Achieve?

This qualification demonstrates that you have learned about the foundations of brewing upon which further technical knowledge can be achieved as you progress throughout your brewing career.  

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing and distilling qualifications in the world.

My Examination & How will I Be Supported?

This qualification is supported by a brand new online interactive learning material.

You will learn through a rich blend of engaging text and illustrations along with interactive games, videos and animations.

At the end of each unit, there is a downloadable summary to help you consolidate your learning. All the learning material is in one place and you can learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

In advance of your examination, a series of instructions and support mechanisms will be sent to you by email which will include the requirement to download an application for the IBD examination platform supplier.

Once you have followed these instructions you will be able to take your test on the computer you downloaded the Application onto. You take your test by logging into your account and connecting with your remote invigilator who will go through a series of checks with you before starting your exam.

What's next?

The Foundation in Brewing is the first step in a learning journey that can eventually lead you to become a certified Master Brewer. Once successful at the foundation level, the next step on this journey is the General Certificate in Brewing.

Why choose the IBD?

The IBD provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world. 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 that are governed and upheld by the independent IBD Examination Board. This is also supported by the quality of its learning material and its support for learners

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