Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4)


Central Otago

One year full-time

On campus with time spent at our brand new, purpose-built brewing facility

17 February
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    15 February 2021
    28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
    5 April 2021 - 16 April 2021
    27 September 2021 - 8 October 2021
Our Central campus located in the heart of Central Otago is the ultimate location to study in a natural paradise. Here you can learn the art of brewing, in our brand new, purpose-built brewing facility.

This exciting new programme is the first in a suite of three that we offer, all leading to New Zealand qualifications. Learning the art and science of brewing from the ground up, immerse yourself in a practical learning experience which will involve the theory of the brewing process, technical brewing plans, production processes, volumes and of course, hands-on brewing of beer (including Pilsner, Ale, Lager and other craft styles).   

Work experience is a core part of this programme and will not only add to your practical experience but will help you make important connections in industry.

Whether you are new to the industry or a long-time home brewer, graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge required to work as a brewer in a commercial brewing operation under broad supervision. Alternatively, you can progress into our New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5) to continue your learning. 

Entry requirements 
  • There are no minimum academic requirements. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Other requirements 

  • Learners who will be aged under 18 during activities that require the tasting of alcohol will not be allowed to participate in this activity without first producing a signed guardian consent form. 

Please note: An interview may be part of the application process. 

Graduate skills 

Graduates will be able to carry out brewing quality assurance and production processes under broad supervision. Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work as a brewer in a commercial brewing operation, under broad supervision.

Your workload

You will study for 34.5 hours per week. 

You will study 
  • Brewing Basics (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Practical Brewing (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Brewing Equipment and Processes (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Practical 1 (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Brewery Operations (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Quality and Safety in Brewing (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Regulatory Requirements in Brewing (Level 4, 15 credits)
  • Practical 2 (Level 4, 15 credits) 
Further study options 

Expand your learning by undertaking our New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5).  

Student loans and allowances 

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit: www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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