Making beer is part art and part science.  New Zealand beer is great because the people behind it are committed to innovation and producing technically excellent beer.    Our brewers come from a range of backgrounds – some have undergraduate degrees in areas such as food science and some have learnt everything they know ‘on the job’.   

Whatever path you choose, there are a range of formal courses available to support learning at all stages of your career – from fundamental courses through to Master Brewer.

Below are some of the courses available in New Zealand. 


Otago Polytechnic



Otago Polytechnic is pleased to offer New Zealand’s only NZQA approved suite of brewing programmes.  Our brewing qualifications have been designed to meet industry needs as well as offering a learning experience that fits with your lifestyle. With a new purpose-built brewing facility, Otago Brew School located at our Cromwell campus, these programmes are truly unique.  Check out what we have to offer below:


New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4) 

This qualification has been designed for those with a passion for brewing ing who want to get into the industry, or those who simply want to build on their knowledge and skills.

New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5) and New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6) 

These qualifications are offered via Capable NZ and will suit those already in industry, for more information about which of these would suit you, click on the links to visit the Capable NZ website.


Coming Soon 

New Zealand Certificate in Brewing Operations (Level 3)* 

This entry-level  qualification is delivered fully online and is perfect for those already working in the industry who want to upskill, for those intending to enter the industry in an entry-level role, or for those who want to learn more about brewing processes.


Study for Free

These programmes are free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll still need to pay additional course-related and living costs). 




Institute of Brewing and Distilling

The IBD is based in the United Kingdom and has established qualifications at all levels of commercial brewing, distilling, malting and packaging.

The main objective of their qualifications and examinations is to promote educational excellence in education, training and professional standards in the science and technology of brewing, distilling, malting and packaging.

A number of the courses are available to be studied through distance learning with Examinations taking place periodically in Australia and New Zealand.


Massey University

Massey University offer a short two day course at their Manawatu campus in April and November each year.  The two day residential course is designed for:

  • New Graduates entering the brewing industry;
  • Suppliers to the brewing industry;
  • Craft Brewers seeking to further their skills;
  • Aspiring micro-brewers with an interest in and awareness of brewing process.