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FAQs | Brewing & Brewery Operations

Thanks for your interest in the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations (BBO) Diploma program! Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions, however, if you can’t find the answer to your question below, please send us an email at brew@kpu.ca.
 

What are the entrance requirements for the Brewing Diploma program?

Regardless of your admissions category, all applicants must meet the high school course requirements: English 12 C+, Pre-calculus 11 C+, and Chemistry 11 C+. We accept many equivalencies to these. For a full list of requirements and potential equivalencies, click here.  

If you have upgraded or attended any post-secondary institution, you must have an official transcript mailed directly to our admission office (photocopies not accepted). In addition to the requirements noted above, students must also be 19 years of age by the first day of classes and submit a portfolio telling us why you would be a great candidate for this intense, full-time program.  

For more details, visit kpu.ca/brew/apply.

How do I apply to the program?

Applications for this program open on October 1st of each year.

If you are new to KPU, you can apply by filling out the online application at Apply.EducationPlannerBC.ca/kpu. Click "Online application" and create an account. When you get to the Program Selection page, choose Science and Horticulture under the Faculty area. Once the application session is open, the Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma Program will be available in the drop-down menu. Once you have officially submitted your application, you must submit official transcripts and a portfolio.

Please review the Portfolio Submission instructions. The deadline to submit all required documentation is March 1st, however, we recommend you submit your documents as soon as possible. 

What are the admission deadlines?

The early admission deadline for the Brewing & Brewery Operations program is March 1st of each year. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if space in the program is still available. We encourage you to apply early as assigned course registration dates and times are determined by the date of your application. For further details on how to apply, go to kpu.ca/brew/apply.

I am a mature student; do I still need to meet high school admissions requirements?

Yes, regardless of your admissions category, you must complete the required prerequisites or their equivalencies. Students who completed high school chemistry and mathematics more than five years ago are strongly encouraged to review the content prior to starting the program.

I don't meet the program admission requirements. Can I upgrade?

Yes, KPU offers upgrading courses in English, mathematics and chemistry. For more information about upgrading, please contact the Future Students Office. Most school boards also offer high school courses through their adult education programs. Please check your local school board website for more information. 

I'm not done upgrading, can I still apply? 

Applicants have until March 1st to submit final transcripts for any courses they are upgrading. If upgrading extends beyond March 1st, applicants may be offered a seat, if one is still available. In your portfolio submission, it's important to mention that you are in the process of upgrading as this is an important factor in applicant selection. 

What is a limited-intake program?

The BBO program is limited to a maximum intake of 35 students per cohort. We accept one cohort per year with classes starting in September. All other qualified students are placed on a wait list. If seats become available before the start of a new cohort year, they are offered to the waitlisted applicants.

What do I include in my portfolio?

Your portfolio is your opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants and consists of a cover letter, resume, and letters of reference. For full portfolio requirements, visit kpu.ca/brew/apply.

Where is the program offered?

The Brewing Diploma program is based on the Langley campus (approx. 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver) where we have a 4,500 square foot, on-site brewery. The campus is close to public transit.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?

The Brewing Diploma program is only offered on a full-time basis and classes within each semester have been designed to complement each other and strengthen learning objectives and activities. The program consists of two semesters each year, September to April.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition fees are assigned on a per-credit basis and students require 62 credits to complete the program. Including student fees, books, equipment, etc., this translates to about $9,000 per year or $18,000 to complete the two-year program for domestic students. Students who receive transfer credit pay lower fees. International students will pay approximately $18,000 CAD per year. For more detailed information on KPU student tuition and fees, visit Tuition & Fees or consult the current Academic Calendar.

Is this program eligible for student loans?

Yes, you can apply for student loans by visiting www.studentaidbc.ca. Please contact KPU's Student Awards and Financial Assistant office at awards@kpu.ca.

Are there any scholarships, bursaries or awards for the Brewing program?

KPU offers a variety of scholarships, bursaries and awards which are available to all students, as well as specific awards just for Brewing Diploma students. For a list of Brewing awards, click here. For more information on other available awards and application deadlines, visit the Student Awards Guide.

Does the BBO program offer a co-op program or work placement?

No, at this time the Brewing and Brewery Operations program does not offer a co-op or work placement. Most of our students are able to find part-time work at local breweries while going to school or during summer break.

Can I work while I’m in the program?

The BBO Diploma program is an intense program with a full course load. However, many of our students are able to hold part-time jobs between 15-30 hours per week. It’s also dependent on each individual student and managing their class work and study time.  

How do I find out when BBO courses are scheduled?

BBO courses are typically scheduled on mornings and afternoons. The current timetables and timetable archives can be accessed through kpu.ca/registration/timetables.

Upon graduation, what will I do?

With the unprecedented growth of the craft beer industry and the huge demand for skilled brewers with an education in brewing science, there is plenty of employment opportunity for KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations grads. Most of our first graduating class were offered positions before they graduated from the program. KPU also holds an annual Brewing Career Fair for BBO students where employers come to network with students and meet potential job applicants. For more information on careers after graduating, visit kpu.ca/brew/careers.

Graduates from the Brewing Diploma program may also apply to the third year of one of KPU Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) programs. Students interested in pursuing further education at KPU should contact an academic advisor to plan their schedule and determine appropriate electives (KPU Advisor Connect).

What supplies do I need?

CSA-approved footwear is required, along with course-specific safety gear.

What else do I need to know?

The BBO program involves a lot of physical movement, lifting heavy items (e.g., beer kegs, grain sacks, equipment parts — students must be able to comfortably lift 50 lbs), and standing for long periods of time in a hot brewery. There is also a lot of cleaning and sanitization of equipment, so students should be prepared for long, labour-intensive brewing days.

More questions?

Don't see the answer to your question on this page? Email us at brew@kpu.ca.