Making beer is part art and part science.  New Zealand beer is great because the people behind it are committed to innovation and producing technically excellent beer.    Our brewers come from a range of backgrounds – some have undergraduate degrees in areas such as food science and some have learnt everything they know ‘on the job’.   

Whatever path you choose, there are a range of formal courses available to support learning at all stages of your career – from fundamental courses through to Master Brewer.

Below are some of the courses available in New Zealand. 


Institute of Brewing and Distilling

The IBD is based in the United Kingdom and has established qualifications at all levels of commercial brewing, distilling, malting and packaging.

The main objective of their qualifications and examinations is to promote educational excellence in education, training and professional standards in the science and technology of brewing, distilling, malting and packaging.

A number of the courses are available to be studied through distance learning with Examinations taking place periodically in Australia and New Zealand.


Massey University

Massey University offer a short two day course at their Manawatu campus in April and November each year.  The two day residential course is designed for:

  • New Graduates entering the brewing industry;
  • Suppliers to the brewing industry;
  • Craft Brewers seeking to further their skills;
  • Aspiring micro-brewers with an interest in and awareness of brewing process.


Otago Polytechnic Brewing Scholarships

Otago Brew School is Otago Polytechnic’s newly established brewing school, delivering New Zealand’s first Brewing qualifications.
There are no exams, and no face to face classes to attend.  The level 5 & 6 qualifications are perfect for those already working in the brewing industry, and who would like their skills and experience recognised against a formal qualification. We are pleased to offer two scholarships, one for each of the Capable programmes.


Alongside the Level 4 full time option, Capable NZ also offers the Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Brewing and the Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Brewing. Both of these qualifications are NZQA endorsed, and the learner is assessed against their existing knowledge, skills and experience. 
If you're a brewer now is the time for you to apply for one of Otago Polytechnic's brewing scholarships.
There are two scholarships available, on each for a Level 5 and Level 6 qualifications via Otago Brew School and Capable NZ. 
Applications close Monday 30 September.
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Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic have developed a new suite of qualifications that will commence in 2019.  Part of the course will be delivered on site at the purpose-built brewing facility “Rough Rock Brewing Company“ in Cromwell, Central Otago.  The courses available include:

  • Level 4 has been designed for those with a passion for brewing who want to get into the industry, or who simply want to build on their knowledge and skills.
  • Level 5 and 6 will suit those in industry and involve hands-on sessions in the brewery coupled with online learning.