General Certificate in Brewing

The starting point for your professional brewing career


If you are a brewer that has never studied brewing science before then this is the right course for you.

This covers the basic knowledge required for a senior operator or team leader in a larger brewery or for general brewers from the growing independent sector.

The General Certificate in Brewing is an online course covering the entire brewing process. Learners will progress through the online learning resources from raw materials to beer that is ready to be packaged, as well as quality and engineering.

You can register now for the new General Certificate in Brewing in Spanish. From June 2021, you will have access to the self-directed interactive learning content fully in Spanish to facilitate your learning and help you prepare in your first language for the exam.

For a breakdown of what candidates will learn and be examined on, please download the syllabus here.

Essential Information

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing qualifications in the world. The General Certificate in Brewing demonstrates to your employer that you understand the basic underpinning scientific principles of the brewing process that go into producing a quality product.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by self-directed, online learning material which covers everything required to be successful in the exam. You will have the opportunity to answer multiple choice questions at the end of every unit which will test your understanding and help prepare you for the exam. The course material also features videos and detailed technical illustrations to help reinforce your learning.

When you are ready for the exam, simply book a time slot online and take the test from your computer with our remote invigilation.

Set For Success

We support the GCB through a new programme of three intensive online exam preparation sessions. During these sessions, you will practice exam-style questions with your tutor and have the opportunity to ask any questions you have on the learning material and exam. 

Recommended for all GCB candidates, you can book your place when registering for your exam, or add it to a previously registered exam in your My IBD account under My Qualifications.

What financial support can I get?

The IBD has reinforced its bursaries and scholarships with the aim to support those candidates from less advantaged backgrounds willing to progress in their careers by taking our qualifications. 

Find out more about them and discover if you are eligible for any of them.  

What's next?

The General Certificate in Brewing provides you with the perfect platform from which to continue your studies towards Diploma level qualifications. The IBD’s Diploma in Brewing teaches advanced brewing science through a series of three in-depth modules. This programme will allow you to understand the brewing process in greater detail, and be able to apply this knowledge to control the process more effectively.

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.