The Craft Brewing Certificate is a year-long, 16-credit interdisciplinary program that provides an overview of biochemistry, microbiology, technology, and business aspects of the craft brewing industry. The program spans three quarters (30 weeks) and is designed to be challenging and interactive. Students learn by using a variety of approaches including lab work, hands on experience, lectures, field trips, and industry speakers.
The certificate is composed of four ten-week classes. Classes are held in the evening and meet two times per week. Students should plan on starting in the fall and expect to complete the program in the spring; exceptions may be made based on the applicant’s skills and knowledge level. In order to receive the certificate, students must earn a grade of B- or above in each of the four courses. All classes are face to face and held on the Ellensburg Campus.
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|Fall||CRBW 317||4||Principles and Biochemistry of Brewing:|
Raw materials, enzymes, proteins, wort production, hop analysis, & sensory evaluation.
|Winter||RMT 320||5||Merchandising Management for Micro Brewing:|
Selling process, operations management, distribution process, behavioral concepts, & creating a business plan.
|Spring||IET 360||3||Brew Process Technology:|
Understanding the brew house, efficiency, heating & cooling, wort transfer, cleaning, & packaging techniques.
|Spring||CRBW 312||4||Brewing Microbiology:|
Microbiological techniques, yeast biology, wild yeasts, yeast production, microorganisms in the brewery, & sanitation.
The following requirements must be met to be accepted:
Open to the public, students may participate in the certificate program as a non-matriculated or matriculated student. Interested students will apply directly to the office of Continuing Education. The deadline to apply and begin fall quarter is August 1st. Students will be notified of acceptance to the program and will be automatically enrolled in all classes by the office of Continuing Education after acceptance. Enrollment is limited and accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is suggested. After meeting the eligibility requirements, students must submit the following to apply:
The cost for the Craft Brewing Certificate classes may be higher than regular CWU tuition and is subject to change. Additional fees may also apply. Tuition waivers are not allowed.