Craft Beer Certificate Program
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Central Virginia is an ever growing hotspot for the craft beer industry. According to travel booking site Wanderu, Richmond is "the best craft beer city in the Northeast - and 9th best in the country". To meet this growing demand, the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) has partnered with on-campus and industry partners to offer the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program provides an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.
Two tracks will be available to meet all needs of the craft beer industry including the Business of Craft Beer, and the Craft Brewer Certificate track (still in development) that will focus on preparation for industry credentialing.
The program provides a unique experience that integrates classroom and experiential learning, with on-site experiences taught by industry experts. Our industry and community partner engagement serves as a great resource for exposure, knowledge, and hands on experiences and work as you move through the program.
The Essentials of Craft Beer covers the types and styles of beer, the history of beer, and information about the regional history and growth of craft beer. The course is offered at local breweries and provides for the opportunity to taste a variety of types and styles of beer. After two evenings, you walk away with a new understanding and love for craft beer. Check back for dates. Participants in the Business of Craft Beer earn a Certificate of Completion from VCU; a certificate for licensee training completion with the Virginia ABC; and a Craft Brewers Guild Quality and Safety Certificate in partnership with the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. Check back for dates.
Registration fees include instruction and all necessary materials, and can be paid through OCPE's online registration system, or in-person at 9 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA during normal operating hours. Please make checks payable to: VCU. A 5-part payment plan is available for the noncredit certificate program. Ask about discounts available for VCU Alumni, VCU and VCU Health employees, active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans, and military spouses, and for local breweries looking for professional development for their employees. Coupon codes cannot be combined.
All classes are limited to participants who are 21 years of age and over at the time of the first meeting. For the Craft Brewer Certificate (still in development), there will be a preferred prerequisite of a college level chemistry course and a college level biology course, or equivalent experience.