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Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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About this program

Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations

The Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations is a two-year diploma where students study the science, production and business of brewing craft beer. The program combines building a solid foundation in brewing science with hands-on practical learning in our state-of-the-art 2 hectoliter pilot brewery located on the Langley campus. The curriculum was developed in consultation with the BC Craft Brewers Guild and an Advisory Committee consisting on local brew masters, brewery owners and industry experts.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Portfolio Review
  • A minimum of 19 years of age by the first day of classes.
  • Either
    1. Chemistry 11 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalent), and Level E1 as defined in the Math Alternatives Table, or 
    2. Recommendation by the Admissions Selection Committee.

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Program content

Year 1

Term 1

  • Introduction to Brewing
  • Brewing 1
  • Sensory Evaluation and Ingredients
  • Brewing Chemistry

Select one of the following:

  • Introduction to Professional Communication

Term 2

  • Brewing 2
  • Brewing Microbiology
  • Brewing Equipment and Technology
  • Introduction to Finishing and Packaging

Select one of the following:

  • Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets

Year 2

Term 3

  • Brewing 3
  • Advanced Finishing and Packaging
  • Calculations and Recipe Formulation
  • The Brewing Industry
  • Business Ethics

Term 4

  • Product Evaluation and Judging
  • Brewing 4
  • Beer Marketing and Sales
  • Brewery Management Business Planning

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career paths

The craft beer industry is growing exponentially in BC and across Canada so graduates can expect to find a variety of job opportunities including assistant brewers and brewers, licensee and agency sales and operations, brewery operations, marketing and public relations, brew pub operations and retail sales. Employment opportunities also exist with the larger national and international breweries. The Brewing and Brewery Operations Program will train graduates to work in both the craft brewery/brewpub establishments as well as larger establishments.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Why study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

Contact info

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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