General Certificate in Cider Making

Gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of cider making


This qualification is for anyone working in the cider making industry. Aimed at people working at both senior operator or team leader levels in a major operation and those running and operating small cider mills/cideries. You will gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of cider making and develop your knowledge of packaging best practice - vital to becoming a qualified professional in cider making.

Key Facts
    • Globally recognised certificate
    • 60-80 hours of study time
    • 2-hour multiple-choice online examination
    • Secure online remote invigilation (proctored) examination
Essential Information

What will I achieve?

Candidates who sign up for the examination will receive online access to the newly written learning material. The material has been written and reviewed by cidermaking experts from both large and small producers with global industry experience, to give the broadest perspective possible.

The learning material, which is hosted on the IBD’s eLearning platform, covers a wide breadth of topics from what constitutes cider, apples (and pears) through to how to prepare cider for packaging.

You will learn about different cider styles, raw materials, milling, fermentation and maturation and clarification. Blending and pre-packaging, as well as hygiene, engineering and environmental issues, are all covered in detail.

For a full breakdown of what candidates will be examined on, please find the syllabus here.

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 all of these instructions you will be able to take the test from the computer you downloaded the application onto with our remote invigilation.

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.  

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.