Brewing

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 courses are suitable for home brewers through to 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 in our fully commercial and purpose-built brewery; the Otago Brew School, right through to production and selling.  

Our Brewing qualifications can be studied online, in-work or at our Cromwell campus. 

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.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Brewing Operator, Home Brewer

Food & Hospitality, Horticulture

If you're already working in a winery, or want to enter the wine industry, this is for you. You'll need to either be working in the wine industry or have a harvest cellar job lined up for the annual grape harvest to complete this programme. You'll gain practical knowledge to work in commercial wine cellar operations and we cover winemaking, wine management and various other regulatory aspects of the industry.

For domestic students, our October 2022 intake will be funded until 31 December 2022 with the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) - this means your tuition fees until December are free and you'll just have to cover any additional/living costs.

Duration

28 Weeks Full-time

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Cromwell

Career potential

Cellar Operator

Discover the Otago Brew School

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Otago Brew School

Study Brewing for free

Study Brewing for free

Take advantage of these qualifications being fully-funded in 2022.

Contact us

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