General Certificate in Packaging Spirits

Acquire technical knowledge by learning about spirits packaging science, technology and best practice.

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.

Who is this Qualification for?

You will learn about different spirit types, canning, bottling, warehousing, the machinery used in packaging, product stability and flavour, utilities and environmental issues. The General Certificate in Packaging Spirits (GCPS) is designed for those who already have experience working in distilling packaging operations such as team leaders and team members.

If you already have an awareness of the steps in the spirits packaging process, the GCPS 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 spirits packaging and other areas vital to successful spirits packaging operations then this is the right qualification for you.

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


Exam Dates

22 Oct 2024 

Registration closing: 11 August 2024


26 Mar 2025

Registration closing: 14 Jan 2025


8 May 2025

Registration closing: 25 Feb 2025

Learning Material



Candidates will receive access to the learning material within 1 working day after registration.

Study Requirements

60 - 80 Hours Min


General Certificate in Packaging - Spirits


Membership Offer

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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.

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.

My Examination & How will I Be Supported?

The scope of this examination is the syllabus and studying for this qualification is supported by some pdf learning material made available as part of your registration. 

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.  

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 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.