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Diploma in Distilling

The Diploma in Distilling examination is a measure of the candidate's theoretical knowledge of distilling science and technology. The objective of the Diploma in Distilling is to give international recognition of comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of distilling science and technology.


Typical candidates are team leaders, operational managers and technicians. They take the Diploma in Distilling either as a stepping-stone to the Master Distiller qualification or as an end in itself. IBD members who have successfully completed the programme and passed their Diploma level examinations are awarded the use of the post nominal “Dipl. Dist”

The examination is split into three modules, which can be sat in any order and combination.
- Module 1 Raw Materials Preparation of Cereal Wort and Molasses, and Fermentation
- Module 2 Distillation and Maturation
- Module 3 Process and Packaging Technology 


Entry Requirements

  • Entry is open to all candidates
  • IBD membership is a requirement.
  • It is recommended that completion of the Diploma qualification is planned over three years.
  • It is recommended that candidates complete the General Certificate in Distilling and/or have sufficient scientific knowledge at Diploma, BSc. or MSc. level. 


Study Requirements


Examination Requirements

  • Examinations are sat in centres around the world, to find your closest one please click here.
  • Each Module consists a three hour examination requiring both short answer and essay-style answers. Previous examinations (questions and feedback) can be found here.
  • IBD Examination Regulations can be found here

Examination Dates

Module Examination Date Early Bird (EB) Deadline EB Fee* Final Deadline (FD) (FD) Fee*
1 5 Jun 18 30 Nov 17 £265 1 Mar 17 £315
2 6 Jun 18 30 Nov 17 £265 1 Mar 17 £315
3 7 Jun 18 30 Nov 17 £265 1 Mar 17 £315

*Note: Fees may be subject to VAT.

Are you looking for training to complement this examination?
If you are interested in receiving training for this examination please visit the Training area of our website.