General Certificate Qualifications

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Master the knowledge, unlock your potential, and advance in your career with the IBD qualifications

Recognised as the gold standard by industry leaders, the IBD qualifications pave the way for success in brewing, distilling, and allied trades. If you are looking to enhance your expertise, our General Certificate qualifications offer invaluable insights and technical skills essential for thriving in the drinks industry. Start your professional development journey with the IBD today. For those at the beginning of their journey, our Foundation qualifications provide a perfect starting point.

Registrations are now open for the October 2024 Foundation & General Certificate Qualifications.

To give our candidates every opportunity to register for the exams, we have decided to extend the registration deadline to 11th August 2024.

Do you have any questions about the General Certificate? Ask us at our next LinkedIn Live Q&A session on July 25th at 3pm (BST). Click here.

General Certificate in Brewing

The General Certificate in Brewing is a qualification that encompasses the entire beer production process, from raw materials to packaged beer, including aspects of quality and engineering.

General Certificate in Distilling

This General Certificate in Distilling is ideal for anyone working in the technical areas of the spirits industry. You will gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of distillation and enhance your knowledge of best practices, which are vital for becoming a qualified professional distiller.

General Certificate in Packaging Spirits

With this qualification you will gain a thorough understanding of the science and technology behind packaging and develop essential knowledge of best practices, crucial for becoming a qualified professional packager.

General Certificate in Packaging Beer

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

General Certificate in Malting

This qualification caters to anyone working in the malting industry, including senior operators, technicians in malthouses, as well as recent graduates or managers transitioning into the malting sector.

General Certificate in Cider Making

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.

Set For Success

We’re here to support you in your learning with Set For Success - sessions specially designed to help you prepare effectively for your General Certificate in Brewing or Distilling exam. 

With Set For Success, the chances of passing your GCB/GCD exam is 68%, compared to 54% without Set For Success.

Set for Success

Set For Success is a series of three online exam preparation sessions, designed to enable you to prepare effectively for your General Certificate exam. You will practice exam-style questions with your tutors and have the opportunity to ask any questions you have on the learning material and exam.