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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.
  • Please note this course is suitable for the cereal elective only when choosing the examination

    Dates Venue Fee Spaces Deadline
    18-21 Feb 19 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh,EH2 1JX, Scotland £660* SOLD OUT 1 Feb 19
    25-28 Feb 19 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh,EH2 1JX, Scotland £660* 15 Places available 1 Feb 19





*Note: Fees may be subject to VAT.

  • What level of examination is this?

    Before applying we recommend that you read the Syllabus

    For further information regarding the level of examination please click here