Master Distiller

The pinnacle of professional distilling qualifications

Master Distiller




Hours of Study:

120 hours per each of 3 modules. 


Bookings for June 2020 exam are now closed


Bookings for 2021 exam and training will open 14/09/2020


Exam registration will close 01/03/2021


Exam date still to be announced for June 2021


Exam and self-directed learning materials

Optional Support:

Tutor Guided Learning

UK Face to Face Learning


from £415 per module


You must be an IBD member and have achieved the IBD Diploma in Distilling or an exempt qualification from an approved university (Heriot Watt University or Institute of Technology, Carlow). Please contact us at customer.support@ibd.org.uk to book Master Distiller with an exempt qualification.

It is a requirement that all candidates for the Master Level qualification are sponsored by their employing organisation, with a senior person nominated as the candidate’s Sponsor. The role of the Sponsor is to support the candidate with resources and opportunities to carry out the full qualification programme, including the project - Module 5.

To apply for this qualification you need to be logged in, have a current membership and have attained the all of the prerequisites

What will I learn?

While the IBD’s Master level qualification is all about demonstrating your expertise and competence, by embarking on this programme you will take control over your own learning and development. Your sponsoring mentor will help you to construct your study plan, built around the IBD syllabus, to be examined in five parts.

  • Module 1 - Raw Materials and Wort Production
  • Module 2 - Fermentation and Distillation
  • Module 3 - Maturation and Packaging of Spirit
  • Module 4 - Resource Management and Regulatory Compliance
  • Module 5 - Practical Project

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

What will I achieve?

The IBD Master Distiller qualification is the world's highest level of recognition for your competence in the technical management of the brewing production process, through a combination of knowledge and experience. It demonstrates your ability to learn from what has happened in the past, together with interpretive skills to deeply understand processes and continuously improve them. The IBD Master Distiller qualification is the culmination of many years of learning and putting science into action.

After achieving the award you may use the "M.Dist" post nominal.

What can I go on to study?

The IBD believe in life long learning. For those who attain our highest level of qualification we offer a number of professional development opportunities which enable you to give back to the community, while enhancing your own skills in new areas. You may find yourself helping to train the next generation of brewers and distillers, sitting on our examinations board or contributing to the continuous cycle of learning material improvement. There are many roles and opportunities for our Master Distillers within our community of global experts, what will yours be?

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