Beer Brewer Professional Certificate

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

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 and Northern Virginia through the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational & Technological Advancement.

Regional Programs

Richmond Area Coursework for the Richmond-area Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is offered on the University of Richmond campus and in Richmond-area brewing partner facilities. Certificate Information
Roanoke Area Coursework for the Roanoke-area Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is offered at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and in Roanoke-area brewing partner facilities. Certificate Information
Northern Virginia Area Coursework for the Northern Virginia Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is offered in the Falls Church area and in NoVA brewing partner facilities. Certificate Information

Coronavirus Pandemic-Related Updates

Programs in Richmond, Northern Virginia and Roanoke will be taught remotely for the foreseeable future. Required hands-on, in-person activities will be scheduled when and where safe to do so.

  • The Spring 2021 Richmond cohort will launch April 5, 2021. The program will launch entirely online. When safe and practical, required hands-on activities will be scheduled.
  • The 2021 Roanoke cohort will launch in April 5, 2021. The program will launch entirely online. When safe and practical, required hands-on activities will be scheduled.
  • The 2021 Northern Virginia cohort will launch on August 2, 2021. The instructional delivery format is to be determined.

Notable Program Details

Education Provider, Virginia Registered Apprenticeships

DOLI logoThe curriculum for the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is approved for Related Technical Instruction (RTI) in a Virginia Registered Apprenticeship (RA). Ours is the first program in the U.S. approved as a provider of RTI in support of the craft beer brewing industry. Contact a Virginia Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) local RA Consultant for details.

Member, Brewing Education Roundtable 

Brewers Association logoThe UR Brewer Education program is a member of the Brewers Association Brewing Education Roundtable, which held a summit in May 2019. The Roundtable Summit gathered the top names in brewing education to discuss the future of brewing education and possible collaborative efforts. Ours was the only professional noncredit brewing education program invited to participate.