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 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 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 experiences. 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

The "P’s & Q’s: An Introduction to Craft Beer" covers the types and styles of beer, the history of beer, and information about the regional history and growth of craft beer. This course is offered as a standalone opportunity for those interested in the industry, and wanting to expand their foundation. Participants in the Business of Craft Beer will 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. Fall registration is open!

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The Business of Craft Beer will teach you the essential business skills needed to be successful in the craft beer industry. Topics include:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Business Operations and Human Resources
  3. Financial Activities
  4. Packaging
  5. Branding and Marketing
  6. Sales and Customer Service
  7. Engineering and Maintenance
  8. Safety and OSHA

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

  1. Process and Ingredients
  2. Brewing and 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.
Concludes with a capstone internship at a local brewery

Quench your thirst

The registration fees for the introductory course and the noncredit certificate in the Business of Craft Beer include 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. 3-part and 5-part payment plans are also available for the noncredit certificate program. Ask about our VCU Alumni discount.

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.