The pinnacle of professional brewing qualifications
The Master Level qualifications are the highest professional qualification offered by the IBD. Typical candidates are team leaders or operational/technical managers. Successful candidates should have at least five years of experience working at a senior management level with responsibility for running departments within their manufacturing facility.
- Module 1 - Raw Materials and Wort Production
- Module 2 - Fermentation and Beer Processing
- Module 3 - Packaging of Beer
- Module 4 - Resource Management and Regulatory Compliance
- Module 5 - Practical Project
You must be an IBD member and have achieved the IBD Diploma in Brewing or an exempt qualification from an approved university.
It is a requirement that all candidates for the Master level qualification are sponsored by their employing organisation, with a senior person nominated as the candidate’s sponsor. The role of the sponsor is to support the candidate with resources and opportunities to carry out the full qualification programme, including the project - Module 5.
For a full breakdown of what candidates will be examined on, download the syllabus below.
After achieving the award you may use the 'M.Brew' post-nominal.
What will I achieve?
The IBD Master Brewer qualification is the world's highest level of recognition in the technical management of the brewing production process, through a combination of knowledge and experience. It demonstrates your ability to learn from what has happened in the past, together with interpretive skills to deeply understand processes and continuously improve them. The IBD Master Brewer qualification is the culmination of many years of learning and putting science into action.
How will I be supported?
While the IBD’s Master level qualification is all about demonstrating your expertise and competence, by embarking on this programme you will take control over your own learning and development. Your sponsoring mentor will help you to construct your study plan, built around the IBD syllabus, to be examined in five parts.
Master Brewer Module 3 and 4
The Master Brewer qualification requires that you are able to apply your knowledge gained from your diploma studies and to be able to see this in the context of modern practices in the brewing industry and allied supply chains. The IBD is please to offer an online tutoring course aimed at preparing Master candidates for their upcoming examinations:
How it works:
- There will be 5 x full day (8 hour) sessions set up between 22nd March and the end of May. Exact dates will be set once the group is formed and consensus reached on the best date.
- All sessions will run via Zoom
- You can send questions to the tutor prior to each session if there is something that you are having difficulty with
- Reading material on appropriate topics will be provided
- Closing date for applications is 19th February
Price £720 per module
The IBD believes in lifelong learning. For those who attain our highest level of qualification, we offer a number of professional development opportunities that enable you to give back to the community while enhancing your skills in new areas. You may find yourself helping to train the next generation of brewers and distillers, sitting on our examinations board or contributing to the continuous cycle of learning material improvement.
There are many roles and opportunities for our Master Brewers within our community of global experts. What will yours be?
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.