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 email us at brew@kpu.ca.

What are the admission requirements for the Brewing Diploma program?

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
  • A minimum of 19 years of age by the first day of classes
  • Either: (1) Chemistry 11 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalent), and Level E1 as defined in the Math Alternatives Table, or (2) Recommendation by the Admissions Selection Committee.

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). 

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

How do I apply to the program?

Applications for Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma program open on October 1st of each year. The early application deadline is March 1st, however, late applications may be accepted until August 1st if seats are still available. 

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.

What are the admission deadlines?

The early-bird admission deadline for the Brewing & Brewery Operations program is March 1st of each year. However, applications for KPU limited intake programs has been extended until August 1st or until full. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if there are still seats 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, whether it's reading a high school chemistry or math textbook, taking an upgrading course or a non-credit refresher course. 

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 local 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? 

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

What is a 'limited-intake' program?

A 'Limited Intake' is an application cycle in which a limit has been set on the number of students admitted. 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 waitlist. 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 500-word letter. You will be notified through your KPU student email account about next steps in completing the admission process. For full portfolio requirements, download PDF instructions here or visit kpu.ca/brew/apply.

Your portfolio should be submitted electronically to brew@kpu.ca

Where is the program offered?

The Brewing Diploma program is based on the KPU Langley campus (approx. 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver) which is home to our 4,500 square foot, custom-built teaching brewery. Located in the beautiful province of British Columbia (BC) on the West Coast of Canada, our Langley campus is situated in the City of Langley near shops, restaurants, plenty of outdoor activities and a growing number of craft breweries, as well as being within driving range of some of the top craft beer destinations in North America. 

The campus is also easily accessible by public transit and there is a free student shuttle bus that operates between the Langley, Surrey and Cloverdale campuses.

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

Yes, students can now complete their Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma over three or four years, instead of two. Part-time classes will be offered in the same terms as the full-time program (from September to April). Classes within each semester have been designed to complement each other and strengthen learning objectives and activities as you go. 

Another option is to register as a 'General Interest' student and take up to 12 credits of Brewing classes (max. 4 credits per term) before having to formally apply to the Brewing Diploma. For more information about registering as a General Interest student, visit kpu.ca/admission/general-interest. (Note: seats are reserved for declared part- or full-time Brewing students, so there may be limited seats available for General Interest students.)

How much does the program cost?

For more details about KPU student tuition and fees, visit Tuition & Fees or use KPU's Tuition Estimator. Tuition fees are assigned on a per-credit basis and students require 62 credits to complete the Brewing program. You also need to include student fees, books, work boots, etc. 

Students who receive transfer credit pay lower fees due to not having to take some courses. 

International students should contact international@kpu.ca for international student rates and fees. 

Is this program eligible for student loans?

Yes, you can apply for student loans by visiting studentaidbc.ca. Please contact KPU's Student Awards and Financial Assistant (SAFA) office at finaid@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. However, most of our students find part-time work at local breweries while going to school and/or during the summer break (May-August). 

KPU also hosts an annual KPU Brewing Career Fair each Spring where students network with employers and participate in 'speed-dating' interview sessions. 

Can I work while I’m in the program?

Yes, many of our full-time students work part-time while in the program but it’s dependent on each individual and how they manage their class hours, course work and study time.  For greater flexibility, KPU also offers three- and four-year part-time options for completing the Brewing Diploma.  

How do I find out when courses are scheduled?

BBO courses are typically scheduled Monday to Thursday. Click here to view current timetables or visit kpu.ca/registration.

Upon graduation, what will I do?

With the 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 students are already working in the industry before they graduate. As well, KPU 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?

For in-person classes, CSA-approved footwear is required, along with course-specific safety gear, including personal protective equipment (PPE), which students will be advised of before September classes start. It is also encouraged that students have access to a personal computer, laptop or tablet and access to the internet for course work and accessing class Moodle sites and KPU services online.

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 25 kg and move 75 kg), 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?

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