Beer Brewer Professional Certificate - Roanoke

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The University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies and the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational & Technological Advancement, in collaboration with community partners in Roanoke and Southwest Virginia, offers a beer brewer professional certificate for those interested in entering or advancing in the growing craft beer industry.

The 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 Roanoke-area suppliers, breweries and distributors.

Our Beer Brewer Professional Certificate classes are generally held in Roanoke, although some classes may be offered in Blacksburg and Bedford. Students will receive detailed class schedules and locations prior to the start of each cohort.

Cohort Details

  • The Roanoke program admits applicants into one cohort annually in the Spring.
  • Classes are offered in person at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and at local breweries; select session are offered remotely.
  • Classes are held on Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m., along with occassional field experiences.
  • Detailed class schedules and locations will be provided upon acceptance into the program. 

Students who complete the certificate program will be well prepared to enter the craft brewing industry in a variety of roles, from procurement and supply chain management to beer server to brewmaster. By collaborating with local partners, earning the certificate positions graduates well to start or advance their career in the beer brewing industry.

Earning the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate earns 10 CEUs that can be applied toward professional development goals or requirements. The certificate takes one year to complete and requires successfully completing all modules and field experiences. Review cohort schedules for details.

Certificate Requirements


11 Modules

The certificate requires successfully completing all 11 modules. Modules are divided into three focus areas:

  • Introduction to Brewing (3 modules)
  • Brew Science & Brewery Processes (6 modules)
  • Brewing as a Business (2 modules)

4 Field Experiences

The certificate requires successfully completing all 4 field experiences. Experiences are provided at local breweries and offer the following:

  • Brewery tours and craft brew days
  • Hands-on craft brewing experience
  • Networking opportunities with local brewing professionals