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Craft Brewing Certificate

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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.

Click HERE for complete schedule and academic calendar.

TermPrefixCreditsClass Name
FallCRBW 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.
SpringETSC 3603Brew Process Technology:
Understanding the brew house, efficiency, heating & cooling, wort transfer, cleaning, & packaging techniques.
SpringCRBW 3124Brewing Microbiology:
Microbiological techniques, yeast biology, wild yeasts, yeast production, microorganisms in the brewery, & sanitation.


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.
  • Click HERE for a worksheet to help determine your eligibility.

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 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:

  • Completed application to the program.  Click HERE for the application.
  • One of the following: Official transcripts, copy of unofficial transcripts, or resume demonstrating professional brewing experience (resume is only used when attempting to substitute the prerequisites with professional experience).
  • A short essay describing your interest in Craft Brewing and your anticipated career path.

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 | Room 201
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433
Ph: 509-963-1386
Fax: 509-963-1690
For general inquiries, please email Katie Kuntz:
For student advising & curriculum, please email Dr. Steve Wagner: