Continuing Education

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. Open to the public, students may participate in the certificate program as a non-matriculated student or as a CWU student. 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 3205Topics in Strategy for the Craft Brewing Industry:
Selling process, operations management, distribution process, behavioral concepts, & creating a business plan.

CRBW 360

3Brew 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.

Admittance Process & Application

Open to the public, students may participate in the certificate program as a non-matriculated or matriculated student:

Non-matriculated students are students who are not seeking a CWU degree nor seeking financial aid. Non-matriculated students do not need to go through the regular CWU admissions process but simply apply to the certificate program through the application on this page (found below). 

Matriculated students are those who have applied to the University, been accepted, and will either be registering for non-Craft Brewing Certificate courses, seeking a CWU degree and/or financial aid.

The deadline to apply and begin fall quarter is September 10th. Students will be notified of admission to the program via email and postmarked letter.  Enrollment is limited and accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Early applications are suggested.

Those accepted to the program will be sent will be sent an Admission Offer, which the student must accept or deny.  Once the student has accepted their offer, they will be automatically enrolled in all certificate courses by the office of Continuing Education.


After meeting the eligibility requirements, interested students will apply directly to the office of Continuing Education with the following application and attached application materials:

  • 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.


Please note: Students wishing to take regular CWU coursework and/or seeking a CWU degree or financial aid, must apply through the university first before applying to the certificate program.

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.

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Office of Continuing Education
400 E University Way
Barge Hall | Room 204M
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. Wayne Quirk: