General Certificate in Distilling

Gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of distilling


This qualification is for anyone working in technical areas of the spirits industry. You will gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of distillation and develop your knowledge of distilling best practice - vital to becoming a qualified professional distiller.

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 General Certificate in Distilling demonstrates to your employer that you understand the basic underpinning scientific principles of the distillation process that go into producing a quality product.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by self-directed, online learning material which covers everything required to be successful in the exam. 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.

When you are ready for the exam, simply book a time slot online and take the test from your computer with our remote invigilation.

Set For Success

We support the GCD through a new programme of three intensive online exam preparation sessions. During these session you will practice exam style questions with your tutor, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you have on the learning material and exam. 

Recommended for all GCD candidates, you can book your place when registering for your exam, or add it to a previously registered exam in your My IBD account under My Qualifications.

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.  

What's next?

The General Certificate in Distilling provides you with the perfect platform from which to continue your studies towards Diploma level qualifications. The IBD’s Diploma in Distilling teaches advanced distilling science through a series of three in-depth modules. This programme will allow you to understand the process in greater detail, and be able to apply this knowledge to control the process more effectively.

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 quality of its learning material, support for learners and rigor of its exams. 

Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.