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Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations




What will I learn?

The Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations is a two-year diploma where students study the science, production and business of brewing craft beer. The program combines building a solid foundation in brewing science with hands-on practical learning in our state-of-the-art 2 hectoliter pilot brewery located on the Langley campus. The curriculum was developed in consultation with the BC Craft Brewers Guild and an Advisory Committee consisting on local brew masters, brewery owners and industry experts.

Who Studies Brewing?

Brewing applicants come from diverse backgrounds and prove to have more than just a passion for craft beer. They demonstrate interest in areas such as biology, chemistry, engineering, business, technology, and food.

Brewing is a physically demanding, hands-on career; Brewing students are expected to wear appropriate protective clothing and safety gear at all times inside the brewery and science labs. They should expect to work on their feet for 6 to 8 hours in what may be a hot or cold, wet, noisy environment and should be capable or lifting 25kg or moving 75kg.

Career Opportunities

The craft beer industry is growing exponentially in BC and across Canada so graduates can expect to find a variety of job opportunities including assistant brewers and brewers, licensee and agency sales and operations, brewery operations, marketing and public relations, brew pub operations and retail sales. Employment opportunities also exist with the larger national and international breweries. The Brewing and Brewery Operations Program will train graduates to work in both the craft brewery/brewpub establishments as well as larger establishments.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Horticulture

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$22,954.28 (US$ 16,751) per year
CAN $45,908.57 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected March 2023

Start date

5 September 2023


KPU Langley Campus

20901 Langley Bypass,


British Columbia (BC),

V3A 4H9, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

You have graduated high school (secondary school) OR completed 24+ credits of undergraduate-level credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

English Proficiency Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test: overall band of 6.5 or higher, with a minimum 6.0 in each band, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT 88 or higher, with no sub score less than 20, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 61 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Where thought meets action, Kwantlen Polytechnic University provides an exceptional education and develops students to become leaders in their field.

  • The only polytechnic university in Canada
  • More than 140 programs with hands-on learning opportunities
  • Benefit from close links with partner organizations
  • The 3rd largest university in Metro Vancouver

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