General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) Exam Prep Course

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Registration Now Open for 2016 Class.

For more information, attend one of our FREE information sessions. We also encourage you to add your name to our interest list by clicking on the "Sign Up Now" button in the column on the right.  

General Certificate in Brewing Information Meeting
Attend this free meeting 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. 
Tuesday, Dec. 8                  5:30pm - 6:30              49262
Bend Chandler Lab (1027 NW Trenton Ave)       FREE

Thursday, Jan. 7                  5:30pm - 6:30              18522
Bend Chandler Lab (1027 NW Trenton Ave)        FREE

To register, click on title to register or call (541) 383-7270.
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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 Saturday classroom sessions including lecture, guest speakers and learning tours.

Dates On-site classroom sessions will be scheduled on Saturdays: 2/20 & 2/27, 3/19 & 3/26, 4/9 & 4/23, 5/7 & 5/14 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Learning tours will be scheduled after class on some Saturdays.

The course fee is $1775 which covers classroom and online instruction, IBD study notes, additional course materials, learning tours, brewing session at a local production facility, and the IBD exam fee. The exam is proctored at COCC following the course. 

To register, call (541) 383-7270 or Register Online Now (Adode Flash Required)


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:  

  • Deschutes Brewery

  • Worthy Brewing

  • Ninkaski Brewing

  • Silver Moon Brewing

  • Ale Apothecary

  • Brewers Supply Group

  • 10 Barrel Brewing

  • Wild Ride Brewing 


Join our GCB Interest List to receive information via email on upcoming classes. Emails will be sent as information become available.

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