General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) Exam Prep Course

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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 can attend. 

The classroom sessions meet four weekends in 2015: February 21 & 22, March 21 & 22, April 18 & 19 and May 16 & 17. Class times each weekend are Saturdays 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Students will complete additional online self-study between classroom sessions.

The course fee is $1675 which covers classroom and online instruction, IBD study notes, additional course materials, and IBD exam fee. The exam will be proctored several times at COCC during May and June, 2015. The registration deadline is January 13, 2015.

Register by phone 541-383-7270 or Register Online Now. Payment is required with registration. Space is limited. The deadline to register is January 13, 2015.

Instructor Bill Pengelly(2)
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: 541-383-7743.

Thank You Worthy Brewing! 

Worthy Brewing

A huge thank you to Worthy Brewing for sponsoring the class brew day for our current GCB students.

We appreciate your support!!! 

Thank You to these Industry Supporters of our 2014 Course

  • Deschutes Brewery

  • Worthy Brewing

  • Ninkaski Brewing

  • Silver Moon Brewing

  • Ale Apothecary

  • Brewers Supply Group


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