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Program Overview | Brewing & Brewery Operations

Study the science, art and business of brewing at KPU — BC’s only brewing diploma program — where you’ll receive hands-on training in our state-of-the-art teaching brewery. KPU Brewing Diploma rack card

KPU’s two-year Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma was created to meet the unprecedented demand for knowledgeable, trained brewers with an education in brewing science in the rapidly growing craft beer industry.

Our curriculum — developed in consultation with the BC Craft Brewers Guild, local breweries and industry experts — teaches students critical skills and provides training with brewing equipment and technologies, recipe formulation, sensory evaluation, brewing chemistry and microbiology, production and packaging, sales and promotion, and management and supervisory skills. Upon graduating, students will earn their university diploma and credits.

For more details about the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma courses, click here. For more information about applying to the Brewing program, visit To find out about upcoming information sessions, open houses or brewery tours, visit or email us at

What makes KPU's Brewing Diploma unique?

  • The only brewing diploma program available in BC
  • First Canadian institution recognized by the Master Brewers Association for a standard of excellence in brewing education
  • Custom-built teaching brewery on campus
  • State-of-the-art brewing and lab equipment
  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 35 students per class
  • Experienced instructors with decades of brewing and beer industry experience
  • Industry partnerships with local breweries and national associations
  • BC is a major hub for the craft brewing industry in Canada
  • Our brewery produces award-winning beer and won Brewery of the Year at the 2019 BC Beer Awards, as well as '#1 Teaching Brewery in North America' as the Grand National Champion of the 2019 US Open College Beer Championship

“This program opened my eyes to how technical brewing is. I wouldn't be where I am today at Ravens Brewing if I hadn't gotten my Brewing diploma at KPU. It's getting more competitive as the whole craft beer industry continues to grow, and having a formal brewing education is a huge advantage."

Dan Marriette, Head Brewer
Ravens Brewing
2016 graduate
World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner 2018



Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Portfolio Review (see below)
  • A minimum of 19 years of age by the first day of classes

Plus, either:


  • Recommendation by the Admissions Selection Committee

Note: Students with strong science or related post-secondary backgrounds are better equipped to handle the academic aspects of this program. Applicants without a strong background in the sciences (mathematics and/or chemistry) are advised to upgrade prior to applying.

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Portfolio Review

Applicants will be provided portfolio requirements and instructions for submission upon receipt of an application. For more information about the portfolio requirements, you can also visit our How to Apply page at

Selection of qualified applicants for admission will be made by an Admissions Selection Committee composed of faculty, staff, and external members. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, selection will be based on a combination of the highest cumulative admission percentages or cumulative GPAs based on the admission requirements stated above AND the portfolio.

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