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.

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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.

*New for Fall 2024: Part-Time Diploma Options

Students can now complete the Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma in three or four years instead of two, allowing greater flexibility time-wise and budget-wise. 

Click here to download a one-page PDF of the full and part-time options shown below. Learn more at an upcoming information session.

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Have questions about the full or part-time pathways? Click here to request more information.

Course Structure

For more information about individual courses, click here.  

How to Apply

For more information about applying to the Brewing program, visit

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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, award-winning teaching brewery for hands-on learning and experience
  • 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
  • NEW for Fall 2024: Part-time options to complete the full diploma. For more information, click here.  

“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



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