Craft Brewing and Malting

Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the craft brewing and malting industry or start your own craft brewery. You'll gain hands-on experience working with industry experts developing and mastering brewing recipes, handling and operating commercial brewing equipment and learning the economic fundamentals of operating a successful brewing business.

All students must have a desktop or laptop computer with a working camera, audio and Internet service in order to complete this program.

Watch the virtual information session.


Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2021 start. View the program guide for Fall 2021.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
Length: varies
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

This program provides students with industry-ready, hands-on skills and knowledge to be successful as craft brewers and malting experts.

Bob Haugen, NIC Continuing Education manager, contract and training services

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  • BRW-010 Beer and Brewing Basics
  • BRW-030 Recipe Development and Quality Control
  • BRW-060 The Business of Craft Brewing
  • BRW-020 Introduction to Brewing Equipment Operation
  • BRW-040 The Biology and Chemistry of Brewing
  • BRW-050 Malting Fundamentals

Completion Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete each core course.

Admission Requirements

Must be 19+.  Prospective students should be able to lift up to 20 kilograms. General physical fitness is recommended.


How to Apply

  1. Complete the Continuing Education Application for Admission.  Forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Student Services office at your local campus, along with payment for your course fees. If you have questions, please call 250-334-5000 ext 4601.


Before Classes Begin

It is recommended that Applicants to the program or those interested in the program participate in an information session.  Registration is free and now available either online or in-person at your local NIC campus.  

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

This program will prepare students for an exciting and rewarding career in the Craft Brewing and Malting Industry, or how to start their own successful craft brewery.  Participants will gain hands-on experience working with industry experts developing and mastering brewing recipes, handling and operating commercial brewing equipment, and learning the economic fundamentals of operating a successful brewing business. 

Read more about the launch of this exciting program.

Career Opportunities

In 2019, the BC craft brewing industry generated $303 million in revenues and provided more than 4,500 direct jobs. Craft breweries are operating in 60 communities across the province. The craft brewing industry supports BC agriculture industry by purchasing grain, hops and fruit. as well as contributing to tourism and manufacturing.

Upon completion of this program, you will have the qualifications for a wide variety of beer industry positions, including:

  • Brewer
  • Head Brewer
  • Production Assistant
  • Brewery Lab Assistant
  • Cellar-person
  • Craft beer bartender

Successful completion of this program will also give you the skills you need to contest various craft brewing and malting industry certifications such as:

  • Certified Beer Server" Cicerone online exam
  • the Beer Judge Certificate Program (BJCP) "Beer Judge Entrance Exam" online
  • Institute of Brewing and Distilling “Foundation in Brewing and Packaging” available through BCIT in Burnaby


Supply list

Please come to the first day of class with comfortable clothes and shoes.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $7,250
Books * $160
Total $7,410

*Books are purchased on the student's behalf and provided on or before the program begins.

Part 1: Online classes are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30-9:30 pm, beginning in early September.

Part 2: In-community practicum courses held in Campbell River, BC (Vancouver Island), scheduled on Tuesday evenings and select Sundays during the day-time.