General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) Exam Prep Course
FREE Information Session
Attend one of these free sessions to learn about COCC's exam
preparation course for those who would like to earn the Institute of Brewing
& Distilling (IBD) General Certificate in Brewing. This is a globally
recognized qualification verifying basic theoretical and practical knowledge of
brewing and associated operations.
Registration for information session is recommended.
11/6 5:30pm-6:30 Th 48537
Bend CHLAB 301 Cost FREE
12/9 5:30pm-6:30 Tu 48538
Bend CHLAB 301 Cost FREE
In February 2014, Central
Oregon Community College's Continuing Education Department began offering education
for brewing professionals and those with brewing knowledge who would like to
study and sit for an internationally recognized industry exam. The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) General
Certificate in Brewing (GCB) gives international recognition of basic knowledge
and understanding in the principles of brewing operations.
View a 10 minute presentation to learn more about the
Is the IBD General Certificate in
Brewing for You?
The GCB is designed for candidates who may have little or no formal academic or
technical qualification. Typically, a candidate is employed as a senior
operator or team leader in a brewery or packaging plant; however, the scope of
this examination will enable candidates from smaller brewing operations to obtain
this recognized qualification. This examination measures basic knowledge
(theoretical and practical) of brewing, packaging and associated operations
and is open to anyone with interest in brewing (who is dedicated to
studying). The General Certificate in Brewing can be an end in itself, or
the start of professional development career, leading to the Diploma in Brewing
(Dipl.Brew) and potentially, the Master Brewer (M.Brew) examinations.
For more detailed course content,
see the IBD
General Certificate in Brewing Syllabus (pdf).
About the Course
The COCC course is a combination of online, self-study and weekend classroom
sessions including lecture, guest speakers and learning tours. On-site
classroom sessions will be scheduled as weekend intensives (Saturday
10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm) so participants from outside Central Oregon
The course fee is $1675 and includes online lessons, IBD study materials,
classroom sessions and exam fee. Please note that lodging (if needed) and meals
are not included in this price.
The lead instructor for classroom
sessions is Dr. Bill Pengelly, PhD, former Brewmaster of Deschutes Brewery and
recently retired sales manager for Brewers’ Supply Group. Guest speakers and
subject matter experts will supplement Dr. Pengelly to reinforce online and
self-study content through examples of practical application. Online learning
material has been developed by an IBD accredited instructor.
In advance of College events,
persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or
mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because
of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Annie Jenkins:
Deschutes Brewery Grant
Thank you to Deschutes Brewery for
generously donated funds to the COCC Foundation for two students with financial
need to each receive a 50% grant to take COCC’s General Certificate in Brewing
Exam Prep course in Spring 2014 ($837.50 value each). Grant application deadline has expired.