General Certificate in Brewing

Reinforce your brewing process technical knowledge to consistently produce high-quality beer and progress in your career. 

Learn the science, technology and best practice of beer production and other areas vital to successful brewing operations.

The General Certificate in Brewing is a qualification that covers the entire beer production process from raw materials to beer ready to be packaged, as well as quality and engineering.

If you are a brewer that has never studied brewing science before, then this technical qualification recognised globally is the right step for you to progress in your career. 

Who is this Qualification for?

The General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) is designed for those with experience working in brewing operations such as team leaders, team members, or brewers in smaller companies. 

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

Please download the syllabus for a breakdown of what candidates will learn and be examined.


Exam Dates

22 Mar 2024

Registration closing: 11 Jan 2024


16 Oct 2024 

Registration closing: 11 August 2024



Learning Material

(Online and self-directed)


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

Study Requirements

60 - 80 Hours Min

Recommended Support

Set For Success - Intensive exam preparation.


Membership Offer

Take advantage of our bundled membership offer

From £48

Financial Support

The IBD has a number of bursaries and scholarships to support those candidates from less advantaged backgrounds who wish to progress in their careers by taking our qualifications. What Financial Support Can I Get?


All General Certificate 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?

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.

My Examination & How will I Be Supported?

This qualification is supported by self-directed, online learning material which includes content on all topics within the syllabus of the examination. The scope of the IBD examinations is always the syllabus and is not limited to the learning materials.

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.

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.

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. 

The application deadline is 30th of September for examination in the following year. (i.e. application deadline is 30th September 2023 for the 2024 examinations.)

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. 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 support for learners.

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