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New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6)


Online with optional block courses

Six months full-time

Delivered via Capable NZ - our assessment of prior learning centre

First of every month
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  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 February 2021

Are you a brewer with significant skills and experience?

If so, you could be assessed for this qualification through our Independent Learning Pathway process delivered via Capable NZ. Completion of this six-month Diploma will demonstrate that you have the skills and specialised knowledge to develop and independently brew to a professional level in a commercial or non-commercial environment. 

To apply for this programme through Capable NZ, you will need to: 

  • fill in our enquiry form and pre-assessment survey
  • fill in our online application form (once we send you the link).   


What's an Independent Learning Pathway?

Our Independent Learning Pathway (ILP) process measures your experiential learning, skills and knowledge against a NZQA-recognised qualification. 

Generally, the more experienced you are, the more likely it is that you will take this direct route to achieving your desired qualification.   

A skilled facilitator will help you explore your own experiential learning, taking a holistic, integrated view of the expected outcomes in the graduate profile of this qualification. During this innovative process, you will identify, demonstrate, articulate and reflect upon the understanding and skills you have developed through your work and other relevant learning experiences.  

Who is this qualification for?

This programme is for brewers who have developed specialised skills and knowledge, are able to demonstrate leadership in the workplace and contribute to innovation within the brewing industry. 

Graduates will be able to operate with broad responsibility across a range of contexts. 

Usually applicants are in current, relevant employment and working in a brewery or cider brew house. 

What will I achieve through this qualification?  

Graduates will be self-aware, motivated, flexible and an evidence-informed brewer.

You will:

  • grow in understanding of your general management and leadership practice
  • be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge and to your profession 
  • demonstrate the ability to apply specialised technical knowledge and skills in brewing, as well as a broad range of applicable business skills, and principles and practices, including safety in the work environment
  • demonstrate well-developed critical thinking capabilities
  • employ creative skills and apply them in an organised approach to problem-solving 
  • demonstrate a regard for social responsibility and sustainable practice, as well as an awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in your own business context.  
  • develop the ability to be an effective communicator which will enable you to initiate, inspire, guide and reward the work of others
  • be self-directed, working effectively as a learner, and have developed a cohesive, integrated model of practice inclusive of professional standards and reflective practice. 
Entry requirements 
  • New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5) 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.
  • 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. 

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

To successfully enter this qualification, you will have (at least):

  • significant experience working in a large brewing facility, and 
  • experience in all aspects of the brewing process which may include (but is not limited to):
    • managing all aspects of the brewing process 
    • carrying out all routine laboratory practices 
    • interpreting and problem solving as issues arise 
    • the use of all standard brewery equipment 
    • management of staff (more than four) throughout the brewing process
    • in-depth understanding of New Zealand legislation as it pertains to Brewing, Excise, Food Safety, Health and Safety, and Export compliance.   
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 students 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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