General Certificate in Cider Making

Gain the strong technical expertise to consistently produce high-quality ciders. 

The General Certificate in Cider Making covers the entire cider making process, along with other areas vital to operations such as quality and environmental impact. It introduces the science and best practice involved in the process that turns raw materials into cider ready for packaging.

Different cider styles, and the key process steps of milling, fermentation and maturation and clarification, blending and pre-packaging are all covered. You will learn about how standard cider making equipment is operated and controlled to make great cider.

The learning material also provides a practical insight into other important functions such as hygiene, engineering, utilities and health and safety.

Who is this Qualification for?

The General Certificate in Cider Making (GCCM) is designed for those who already have experience working in cider making operations such as team leaders, team members or those running and operating cider mills/cideries.

If you already have an awareness of the steps in the cider making process, the GCCM can enable you to perform better in your role to produce products of a high quality standard.

If you would like to know more about the science, technology and best practice of cider making and other areas vital to successful cider making operations then this is the right qualification for you.

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


Exam Dates

23 Oct 2024 

Registration closing: 11 August 2024


27 Mar 2025

Registration closing: 14 Jan 2025


13 May 2025

Registration closing: 25 Feb 2025

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 


General Certificate in Cider Making


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?

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.

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.

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.

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.