General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) Exam Prep Course

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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       

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

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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.

View a 10 minute presentation to learn more about the course.

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. 

Course Costs 
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. 

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.


 Deschutes Brewery Grant

Deschutes Brewery

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. 

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