General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) Exam Prep Course

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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.

FREE Information Session
Attend our free session 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. 
1/6      5:30pm-6:30 Tu         18111
Bend CHLAB 301           Cost FREE

To register, click on class title or call (541) 383-7270.       

NOTE: Do you live outside the Central Oregon area so can’t attend an informational meeting in Bend? Please let us know if you are interested in a Skype information session and we’ll add you to our list and be in touch with possible dates in early December. Email: ceinfo@cocc.eduwith your contact information and a note saying you would be interested in a ‘distance’ information meeting.

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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.

2015 Deschutes Brewery Grant Now Available!


Deschutes Brewery has generously donated funds to the COCC Foundation for several students with financial need to receive 50% grants to take the COCC's General Certificate in Brewing Exam Prep course in 2015. Form must be completed and submitted to COCC by January 5, 2015.

2015 Application Form (pdf)


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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