Craft Beer Certificate Program

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What’s brewing

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 Engineering, VCU Department of Biology, and other on-campus and community partners to introduce the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program will provide an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.

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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 will provide a unique experience that merges classroom lectures with laboratory work and hands on experience in a partner brewery. Our industry and community partner engagement will serve as a great resource for exposure, knowledge, and hands on experiences and work as you move through these dynamic tracks.

What we have on tap

Each track will begin with "An Introduction to Craft Beer", which covers the P’s & Q’s, including types and styles of beer, the history of beer, and information about the regional history and growth of craft beer. This course is being offered as a standalone opportunity for those interested in the industry and wanting to expand their foundation and get a true taste of the craft beer industry.

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The Business of Craft Beer will prepare for the new development of a craft brewer. Topics will include:

  1. Entrepreneurial knowledge to include start up plan, real estate and design, etc.
  2. Operations to include finance and accounting, taxation, HR, legal, etc.
  3. Promotion and Marketing to include advertising, selling, and PR

The Craft Brewer Certificate will offer preparation for industry credentialing. Topics will include:

  1. Process & Ingredients
  2. Brewing & Quality
  3. Engineering and Maintenance to include equipment, mechanics and transfer
  4. Safety and OSHA to include sanitation, chemicals, training, and handling
  5. Packaging to include bottling, process and equipment, storage, etc.
  6. Conclude with a capstone internship at one of our local partnering breweries
A Packaging course will also be available.

Quench your thirst

The registration fee for the "P's & Q's: An Introduction to Craft Beer" course includes instruction and all necessary materials, and can be paid by credit card online, or in-person at 9 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA with a check payable to: VCU. Check back for more dates>

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.