Essentials in Brewing

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling has designed their first educational programme for on-demand and self guided learing in the world of Beer. 

Essentials in Brewing is a dynamic and flexible way for anyone with an interest in working in the brewing industry to learn the basics of beer and brewing processes. It is  perfect for hospitality professionals and uninitiated beer lovers to achieve a solid understanding of beer to share with customers or enjoy it on a deeper level.

This self-guided course provides an enlightening overview of the brewing process, from the history of brewing and raw materials through fermentation and maturation to the basics of packaging. Your learning is assessed as you go through the course, and, when finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Learning time is approximately 20 hours and each student has 90 days to access the content and complete the course.



The Institute of Brewing & Distilling was originally established as The Laboratory Club in 1886. From inception, its mission has been to provide excellence in technical education for professional brewers and distillers and associated suppliers in their pursuit of perfection.  

With Qualifications globally recognised and 4 levels of expertise, the IBD caters for all types of professionals with a passion for brewing and distilling.   

Over 100,000 industry professionals have received their technical education with us. The IBD is a global institution with more than 3,000 members across 90 countries. Every year, around 4,000 professionals take our qualifications providing transformational outcomes both for individuals and their businesses. 

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Please read the eligibility criteria and ensure you have all the documents you need before you begin your application as once you start the form you will not be able to exit and come back to it. 

Upon reception of the registration code from IBD, candidates have 90 days to access the content and complete the course.

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must be resident of UK with NI number
  • Must have UK bank account
  • Must be able to provide up to 300 words about why this course will help their career
  • No prior work experience needed

As a guideline for approval, applicants must have either less than £2,000 in their current and savings bank accounts or earning less than £26,000 per annum. The assessment will be made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration exceptions to the above guideline. If you're in doubt about being eligible, please submit the application and the Develop Team will assess your case.

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Bank statements
  • 300 words about why this course will help their career


Please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria and have the required documents at hand.