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Continuing Education

Craft Brewing Certificate

Overview

The Craft Brewing Certificate is an 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.

Classes

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.

Click HERE for complete schedule and academic calendar.

TermPrefixCreditsClass Name
FallBIOL 3174Principles and Biochemistry of Brewing:
Raw materials, enzymes, proteins, wort production, hop analysis, & sensory evaluation.
WinterRMT 3205Merchandising Management for Micro Brewing:
Selling process, operations management, distribution process, behavioral concepts, & creating a business plan.
SpringIET 3603Brew Process Technology:
Understanding the brew house, efficiency, heating & cooling, wort transfer, cleaning, & packaging techniques.
SpringBIOL 3124Brewing Microbiology:
Microbiological techniques, yeast biology, wild yeasts, yeast production, microorganisms in the brewery, & sanitation.

Brewing System

CWU Craft Brewing uses a MoreBeer B3 flat brew sculpture. This system allows students to brew up to 10 gallons of craft beer at a time. Students are able to perform experiments and receive hands on instruction with this pilot brewing system. In addition to brewing, students are able to ferment their beer, package it, and later sample for sensory evaluation.

Advisory Board

The certificate program is advised by a board of professional craft brewers and craft beer industry professionals. Members’ skills range from public relations, hop trade, brewer, operations manager, and craft brewery owner. These members rotate every two years and bring a real world approach to our curriculum.


Eligibility

The following requirements must be met to be accepted:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • A minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
  • Completed one of the following; College level chemistry (Chemistry 101, Chemistry 111, or Chemistry 181) or equivalent.
  • Completed college level pre-calculus (Math 153) or equivalent.
  • Work experience may substitute for the above academic prerequisites and is subject to evaluation by the advisor.

Application Process

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. 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:

  • Completed application to the program.  Click HERE for the application.
  • One of the following: CAPS report, official transcripts, or resume (supporting the eligibility requirements).
  • A short essay describing your interest in Craft Brewing and your anticipated career path.

Submit all documents in one package to the office of Continuing Education.


Financial Information

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.

  • Veterans looking to use their benefits, please contact the CWU Veteran's Center by clicking HERE.
  • If seeking financial aid: The classes are eligible for student financial aid for matriculated, degree-seeking CWU students only. Please contact the Financial Aid Office by clicking HERE for further information.
  • To view the Continuing Education Refund Policy click HERE.

More Information


Office of Continuing Education
400 E University Way - Barge Hall
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433
Ph: 509-963-1712
Fax: 509-963-1690
Email: ce@cwu.edu