Brewing Education

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.

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.

Partnerships with Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University

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. We also launched the Northern Virginia certificate program with Virginia Tech, and have continued offering that program independently.

And in 2022, we launched a partnership with Old Dominion University to offer the Beer Brewing Professional Certificate in Tidewater through the ODU School of Continuing Education (SCE).

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Career-Focused Framework

The Beer Brewer Professional Certificate serves as an entry-level program for those seeking to enter the craft beer brewing industry. It may also serve as a career-level program for those seeking to advance in the brewing industry, especially those seeking to shift from other careers or from front-of-house operations.

Certificate Program In collaboration with community partners around Virginia, we offer a professional beer brewing program for those interested in entering and advancing in the growing craft beer industry. Beer Brewer Professional Certificate