Foundation in Brewing

Discover the principles of how the different types of beer are made and packaged


The course 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 one of the most interactive courses the IBD has ever created. It features videos and animations of the brewing process along with interviews with leading brewers and other brewing industry professionals.

It is also the first course where you can sit the exam whenever you are ready, at a time and place most convenient to you.

Essential Information

Who is this course for?

The Foundation in Brewing is for future brewing professionals with little or no prior brewing knowledge. It is an excellent introduction to the world of professional brewing.

The Foundation in Brewing will also benefit those supplying raw materials or technical services to the brewing industry. The knowledge gained from the course will enable you to better understand the needs of brewing professionals and to speak their language.

What will I achieve?

When you have completed the course at your own pace you can sit an online exam. If successful you will receive a record of achievement certifying that you have successfully completed the course. IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised brewing qualifications in the world.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by a brand new online interactive course. 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.

What's next?

The Foundation in Brewing is the first step in a learning journey that can transform you into a certified Master Brewer. Once successful at foundation level the next step is the General Certificate in Brewing.

Why choose the IBD?

We have been around since 1886 and are renowned in the industry for the quality of our learning material, support for learners and rigour of our exams.

The IBD have certified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.