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Beer Brewing Education Program

The University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, in collaboration with community partners around the state of Virginia, offers a professional beer brewing program for those interested in entering and advancing in the growing craft beer industry.

Beer Brewer Professional Certificate

The Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program guides students through the entire craft brewing business, from procuring high quality ingredients and raw materials through the proper handling, processing, packaging and distribution of the final product.

The program highlights local, sustainable practices by partnering with regional suppliers, breweries and distributors. Students who complete the certificate program will be well prepared to enter the craft brewing industry in a variety of roles.

We launched the original Beer Brewer Professional Certificate in the Richmond region, where it continues to thrive. The certificate program’s success among brewing partners, students and graduates in Richmond attracted the attention of brewing professionals across the state.

As a result, the University of Richmond and Virginia Tech have joined forces to offer the Beer Brewing Professional Certificate in Roanoke through the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational & Technological Advancement.


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Coursework for the Richmond-area Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is offered on the University of Richmond campus and in local brewing partner facilities. Applications are now being accepted for the cohort starting in October 2019.


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Coursework for the Roanoke-area Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is offered at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and in local brewing partner facilities. Applications will be accepted starting June 3 for the inaugural cohort starting in November 2019.

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