Craft Beer Certificate Program
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Central Virginia is an ever growing hotspot for the craft beer industry. According to Vinepair, Richmond is "the world's top beer destination" in 2018. To meet this growing demand, the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) has partnered with the VCU School of Business, VCU Brandcenter, VCU College of Engineering, VCU Department of Biology, and other on-campus and industry partners to introduce the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program provides an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.
Two tracks will be available to meet all needs of the craft beer industry including the Business of Craft Beer, and the Craft Brewer Certificate track that will focus on preparation for industry credentialing.
Each track provides a unique experience that merges classroom lectures with laboratory work and hands-on experiences. Our industry and community partner engagement serves as a great resource for exposure, knowledge, and hands on experiences and work as you move through these dynamic tracks.
The Essentials of Craft Beer covers the types and styles of beer, the history of beer, and information about the regional history and growth of craft beer. The course is offered at a local brewery and provides for the opportunity to taste a variety of types and styles of beer. After two evenings, you will walk away with a new understanding and love for craft beer. Participants in the Business of Craft Beer earn a Certificate of Completion from VCU; a certificate for licensee training completion with the Virginia ABC; and a Craft Brewers Guild Quality and Safety Certificate in partnership with the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. Check back for Fall 2019 dates!
The registration fee for the Essentials of Craft Beer course includes instruction and all necessary materials, and can be paid through OCPE's online registration system, or in-person at 9 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA during normal operating hours. Please make checks payable to: VCU. Payment plans are also available for the noncredit certificate program. Ask about our VCU Alumni, employee, and military discounts.
All classes are limited to participants who are 21 years of age and over at the time of the first meeting. For the Craft Brewer Certificate, there will be a preferred prerequisite of a college level chemistry course and a college level biology course, or equivalent experience.