Foundations of Distilling

Distilling for non-Technical Professionals


The Foundations of Distilling is designed to give learners an overview of the entire production process, from raw ingredients to packaged product.

Typical candidates are those working in sales, marketing, HR, and finance who would benefit from background knowledge in spirits production.

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

Essential Information

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised distilling qualifications in the world.

The Foundations of Distilling gives you an essential overview and understanding of the whole production process in non-technical terms. For those working within the industry in supply and support roles, this vital understanding of the needs of your clients will let you provide the best possible customer service.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by PDF-based learning material. The course will guide you through the processes of distilling and packaging. When you are ready for the exam, simply book a time slot online and take the test from your computer with our remote invigilation.

What's next?

The Foundations of Distilling is a standalone course designed for those looking to understand more about spirit production. It also provides a solid base on which to build your knowledge of alcoholic beverage production. You may wish to learn more about the production of spirits with our Foundations of Brewing qualification or about tasting and appreciation in our Beer and Cider Academy.

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.