If you love beer, imagine yourself with a career in the brewing industry. Whether you’re new to this creative industry, or a long-time home brewer, learn the art and science of brewing from the ground up. 

A man working with brewery equipment

A Brewing qualification will give you the practical skills and technical knowledge to produce various types of craft beer. Designed to meet industry needs, our brewing course is suitable for home brewers or those who have experience in the industry.

Our Cromwell campus is home to New Zealand’s first dedicated Brew School, making it one of a kind. Here you will learn through hands-on experience, from crafting beer right through to production and selling.

Brewing qualifications

Food & Hospitality

This programme will teach you the skills and knowledge required to work as a brewer in a commercial brewing operation under broad supervision. You will be immersed in a practical learning experience: the brewing process, technical brewing plans, production processes and volumes. You will brew your own beers including pilsner, ale, lager, and other craft styles.


1 Year Full-time


On campus



Career potential

Brewing Operator, Home Brewer

Discover the Otago Brew School

Get a taste of what it’s like to study this field at Otago Polytechnic:

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  • Learn first-hand what its like to study with us from real students and graduates

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