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General Certificate in Distilling

This qualifications is suitable for all non-technical personnel employed in the distilling industry who would benefit from background knowledge in spirit production and for those who have just commenced their technical or production careers.

General Certification in Distilling (GCD) requires a basic knowledge of the processes used to produce the main types of potable spirit consumed worldwide. The scope of the present GCD syllabus is therefore confined to spirits derived either from cereals, cane sugar and cane sugar molasses, and grapes. The generic descriptors "whisk(e)y", "rum" and "brandy" are consequently restricted to beverages made from those respective raw materials. Similarly, neutral spirits derived from the same sources and vodka and gin made from neutral spirit are the only other products covered in the following syllabus.

  • Residential Course

    This course is presented as a series of lectures and industry visits, held in the first quarter of each year, and for 4 days. During the course you will have lectures from specialist IBD accredited trainers, attend technical visits, work in groups and work over previous exam questions. Great opportunity to network with counterparts from all over the UK and the rest of the world.

    Dates Venue Fee Deadline Places
    12-15 Feb 2018 The Scotch Malt Whisky
    Society, Edinburgh, Scotland
    £900* 16 Dec 17 SOLD OUT
    19-22 Feb 2018 The Scotch Malt Whisky
    Society, Edinburgh, Scotland
    £900* 16 Dec 17 15
    10-13 Sep 2018 Moray College UHI, Moray Street
    Elgin, Scotland
    £900* 23 Jul 18 16

    *Note: Fees may be subject to VAT.
  • To download the course programme please click here
  • What level of examination is this?

    Before applying we recommend that you read the Syllabus and the Exam Candidate Welcome Pack

    For further information regarding the level of examination please click here