Love brewing beer and want to make it your career?

Our brewing qualifications have been designed to meet industry needs as well as offering a learning experience that fits with your lifestyle. With a new purpose-built brewing facility at our campus in Cromwell, these programmes are truly unique. Plus, for 2019, we're offering two brewing scholarships so nothing needs to hold you back > 

Level 4 (campus-based)

Ideal if you’re new to the industry or a long-time home brewer, learn the art and science of brewing from the ground up! Immerse yourself in a practical learning experience involving theory of the brewing process, technical brewing plans, production processes, volumes and of course, hands-on beer brewing. 

Level 5 (online via Capable NZ)

Perfect for those with experience in a commercial or non-commercial brewery who want to develop the skills to work independently in the brewing industry. 

Level 6 (online via Capable NZ)

If you’re a brewer with significant skills and experience, completion of this programme will demonstrate that you have the skills and specialised knowledge to develop and independently brew to a professional level in a commercial or non-commercial environment. 

Both our Level 5 and Level 6 programmes are delivered through our Assessment of Prior Learning Centre, Capable NZ. Our innovative Independent Learner Pathway lets you gain a qualification through experiential learning as we measure your existing experience against these NZQA-recognised qualifications.  

New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4)

  • Central Otago or based in industry
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts 17 February
  • Apply now

Whether you are new to the industry or a long-time home brewer, graduates of this hands-on programme will have the skills and knowledge required to work as a brewer in a commercial brewing operation under broad supervision. Work experience is a core part of this programme and will not only add to your practical learning but will help you make important connections in industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5)

  • Online
  • Twelve weeks
  • Level 5
  • Starts first of each month
  • Apply anytime

Want to advance your beer or cider brewing skills? Build on your experience in the brewing industry with this online programme. You'll hone your skills and graduate with the ability to manage brewing processes and production quality, and provide technical support to a brewing operation.

New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6)

  • Online with optional block courses
  • Six months full-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts first of every month
  • Apply now

Are you a brewer with significant skills and experience? If so, you could be assessed for this qualification through our Independent Learning Pathway process delivered via Capable NZ. Achievement of this Level 6 Diploma will demonstrate that you have the skills and specialised knowledge to develop and independently brew to a professional level in a commercial or non-commercial environment.

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