General Certificate in Packaging Spirits

Introduction to Professional Beverage Packaging


This qualification is for anyone working in the packaging of spirits. You will gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of packaging and develop your knowledge of packaging best practice - vital to becoming a qualified professional packager.


You will learn about different spirit types, canning, bottling, warehousing, the machinery used in packaging, product stability and flavour, utilities and environmental issues.

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


What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised drinks industry qualifications in the world. The General Certificate in Packaging demonstrates to your employer that you understand the basic underpinning commercial and scientific principles of the packaging process that go into producing a quality product.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by pdf learning material. 

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 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 Packaging provides you with the perfect platform from which to continue your studies towards Diploma level qualifications. The IBD’s Diploma in Packaging teaches advanced packaging 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 XXX we have qualified over XXX brewers and distillers across the globe.