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New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5)



3 months full-time

Delivered via Capable NZ - our assessment of prior learning centre

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    1 January 2021
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    5 January 2021
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    1 February 2021
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    1 April 2021
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    1 June 2021

Want to advance your beer or cider brewing skills?

This online programme builds on your experience in the brewing industry and lets you hone your skills and knowledge.

You'll graduate with the ability to manage brewing processes, ensure production quality, and provide technical support to a brewing operation.  

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for people with experience in a commercial or non-commercial brewing facility who want to develop the necessary skills to work independently in the brewing industry. Through our Independent Learning Pathway (ILP), your route to this qualification is directly linked to how much experience you have.

You should already have experience managing the brewing process. This may include:

  • Managing all aspects of the brewing process
  • Carrying out all routine laboratory practices
  • Interpreting issues and solving problems
  • Experience using all standard brewery equipment
  • Some understanding of New Zealand legislation as it pertains to Brewing, Excise, Food Safety, Health and Safety, and Export compliance.
What's an Independent Learner Pathway?

This innovative pathway lets you gain a qualification through experiential learning. We'll measure your existing experience against this NZQA-recognised qualification, and you'll work with one of our skilled facilitators to identify, demonstrate, articulate and reflect upon the knowledge and skills you've developed through your work and experiences. You'll also gain new skills and understanding by undertaking further learning.

What you'll achieve with this qualification

When you graduate with the New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5) you will be a self-directed and effective learner, with a model of practice that is reflective and centred on professional standards.

You will demonstrate your understanding of continuous improvement and quality assurance to meet production and quality standards, and be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge to add to your professional skills.

You will demonstrate your ability to apply advanced technical knowledge and operational skills in brewing, and safely manage a range of brewing processes to produce a range of viable products.

You will be able to demonstrate critical-thinking capabilities, and you will employ creative skills and apply them in an organised approach to design and manufacture a brewed product.

You will demonstrate a regard for social responsibility and sustainable practice, as well as an awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in your own business context. Your abilities as an effective communicator will enable you to provide technical and operational support during brewing operations. You'll be able to manage brewing processes, ensure brewery production and quality requirements are met, and provide technical support to a brewing operation.

Entry criteria
  • New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4) OR equivalent skills and knowledge.
  • For applicants 20 years of age and over, there are no minimum academic requirements.
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme. 

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.
Student loans and allowances with TTAF 

Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible for you or by applying for a loan/allowance through Studylink.

Full-time learners are eligible for loans or allowances. Part-time learners are only eligible for loans. 

It is important to apply for your student loan at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Please note: Student loans and allowances, and TTAF are only available for domestic students.


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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