Program Structure and Courses

The WBA learning structure is composed of a series of modules. Depending on the number of modules each student successfully completes, students will be awarded a different certificate.

If students decide to take only the first 3 modules, with a duration of 6 weeks in total, they would be awarded the Advanced Brewing Theory program certificate upon successful completion of the examinations.

If students successfully complete the first 6 modules, they would be awarded the International Diploma in Brewing Technology program certificate after successfully passing all required exams. This 12-week program takes advantage of both the Siebel Institute campus in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich.

For a complete and outstanding educational brewing experience, students can follow the renowned WBA Master Brewer program, which lasts a total of 20 weeks. This program maximizes the advantages of the WBA dual-campus characteristics, giving students a once in a lifetime experience and the possibility to enjoy two amazing brewing cultures.

Introductory courses

Are you a beginner with no prior brewing knowledge? No problem.

The WBA offers introductory level courses for those looking to start their brewing careers, or even executives in the industry looking to gain more knowledge of the brewing process.

Introductory courses

Brewing industry executives and those considering entering the industry need to know the ins-and-outs of professional brewery operations in order to make effective financial and managerial decisions. To that end, the World Brewing Academy (WBA) designed a web-based course to allow students to learn the basics of brewery dynamics without the need to travel. The Executive Overview of the Brewing Process course allows executives, administrative staff, and brewing-industry decision makers around the globe to participate in professional-level English language training over the Internet. As a basic-level course, it is also a great choice for those with aspirations of becoming a professional brewer with no prior commercial-level brewing training towards preparing for more advanced brewing courses.
Intermediate courses

The Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issues affecting the industry. Within the time span of this course, students will gain a level of industry knowledge that will benefit them in any area of responsibility in the brewery, covering every topic critical to successful brewery operations, no matter of what size.

Intermediate courses

The Web-based Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issues affecting the industry. Within the span of this course, students will gain a level of industry knowledge that will benefit them in any area of responsibility in the brewery, covering every topic critical to successful brewery operations, no matter of what size. The Concise Course covers a similar range of topics to those presented in our advanced level programs but at a depth that allows those with only moderate understanding of brewing science and technology to participate in the course. This is an ideal course for those considering entry into the brewing industry, as well as those pursuing wider knowledge of the business in order to improve their skills and advance in their brewing careers. The Concise Course in Brewing Technology also offers the best way to prepare for our advanced-level programs should you decide to take them at a later date.
The two-week Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issues affecting the industry. Within the short time span of this course, students will gain a level of industry knowledge that will benefit them in any area of responsibility in the brewery, covering every topic critical to successful brewery operations, no matter of what size. The Concise Course is conducted at our Chicago campus, giving students the chance to experience the thriving Midwest brewing scene while they are attending the course. Chicago is home to some of the nation's most noted breweries and beer-friendly bars and restaurants, offering students an exciting stay in this world-class city.
Advanced Brewing Theory Program
Advanced

Level
6 weeks

On Campus
duration
9 months

Online duration
210

Clock Hours

A complete understanding of the technical issues in professional brewing, whether craft or industrial.

With content designed around the syllabus of the institute of brewing and distilling (IBD) UK, the course materials of the Advanced Brewing Theory Program (ABT) address critical topics in brewing technology, giving students the knowledge they need to improve their products, processes, and profits.

The Advanced Brewing Theory Program consists of three modules.  Students may take any of these modules as a separate unit, electing to complete the program at a later date.  Throughout the duration of this intensive program, students are taught by the instructional staff of the World Brewing Academy, drawing on the talents of some of the most knowledgeable scientists, technologists, and brewmasters in the world.

Advanced Brewing Theory Program | WT2

This program is available online or on campus.  Students may register for the whole program or take the modules individually. 
Great beer starts with great raw materials and sound brewhouse practice, and the Raw Materials and Wort Production module provides advanced-level training in the technology and science of wort creation. Each critical factor in wort production, from malting technology to hop usage to wort boiling and cooling, is explained in detail. Students will also learn the analytical techniques involved in assessment of raw materials and wort towards achieving consistency in wort quality. Students will complete this two-week module with a complete under-standing of the effects of products and processes on this critical area of the brewing cycle.
Beer Production and Quality Control picks up from the Raw Materials and Wort Production module to provide training in technologies from the completion of wort boiling and cooling through fermentation and maturation to the evaluation of packaged beer. This module offers in-depth instruction in fermentation and maturation, including all aspects of yeast handling and performance. Extensive classroom time is dedicated to the science of fermentation and its role in defining many of the key attributed of finished beer. This module also includes instruction in the process of quality control and assurance, ensuring that students understand the critical role that QA/QC plays in retaining the consistency and longevity of beer and other malt-based fermented products. This module is also available for individual application. Students may take any of the advanced level modules as a separate unit, electing to complete the program at a later date.
Packaging and brewery engineering play a major role in any growing brewery, so brewers need a sound understanding about the principles involved in this complex area of brewing science.
Great beer starts with great raw materials and sound brewhouse practice, and the Raw Materials and Wort Production module provides advanced-level training in the technology and science of wort creation.
Beer Production and Quality Control picks up from the Raw Materials and Wort Production module to provide training in technologies from the completion of wort boiling and cooling through fermentation and maturation to the evaluation of packaged beer. This module offers in-depth instruction in fermentation and maturation, including all aspects of yeast handling and performance. Extensive classroom time is dedicated to the science of fermentation and its role in defining many of the key attributed of finished beer. This module also includes instruction in the process of quality control and assurance, ensuring that students understand the critical role that QA/QC plays in retaining the consistency and longevity of beer and other malt-based fermented products. This module is also available for individual application. Students may take any of the advanced level modules as a separate unit, electing to complete the program at a later date.
Packaging and brewery engineering play a major role in any growing brewery, so brewers need a sound understanding about the principles involved in this complex area of brewing science.
International Diploma In Brewing Technology Program
Advanced

Level
12 weeks

On Campus
duration
420

Clock Hours

The twin-campus International Diploma in Brewing Technology program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through practical application of brewing.

This 12-week program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-three-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing a depth of experience that is unavailable through any other institution.

The Diploma Program starts with 7 weeks of brewing theory and business issues conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of all sizes. After the Chicago modules are completed, students then travel to Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, where they apply the knowledge gained from their first 7 weeks of study in the practical brewing environment at Doemens. Students also participate in advanced-level brewing theory training while at Doemens, including presentations regarding brewing techniques used in creating authentic German beer styles.

Finally, students travel on the European Study Tour to breweries and brewing-industry suppliers, learning how the information they have gained in the Diploma Program is utilized in real-world brewing environments. Over the 12 weeks of the WBA Diploma Program, students will gain a truly international perspective on brewing techniques and technologies.

International Diploma In Brewing Technology Program | W10

Students taking the full, continuous program receive roundtrip airfare (Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, U.S.A., to Munich Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport and back to Chicago) within the cost of tuition. Room and board is the responsibility of the students in both Chicago and Munich.
Great beer starts with great raw materials and sound brewhouse practice, and the Raw Materials and Wort Production module provides advanced-level training in the technology and science of wort creation.
Beer Production and Quality Control picks up from the Raw Materials and Wort Production module to provide training in technologies from the completion of wort boiling and cooling through fermentation and maturation to the evaluation of packaged beer. This module offers in-depth instruction in fermentation and maturation, including all aspects of yeast handling and performance. Extensive classroom time is dedicated to the science of fermentation and its role in defining many of the key attributed of finished beer. This module also includes instruction in the process of quality control and assurance, ensuring that students understand the critical role that QA/QC plays in retaining the consistency and longevity of beer and other malt-based fermented products. This module is also available for individual application. Students may take any of the advanced level modules as a separate unit, electing to complete the program at a later date.
Packaging and brewery engineering play a major role in any growing brewery, so brewers need a sound understanding about the principles involved in this complex area of brewing science.
The primary purpose of this module is to expose students to the challenges of running breweries from a standpoint of sound business operations.
The 3-week Applied Brewing Techniques module allows students to experience hands-on commercial brewing techniques in the facilities of Doemens Academy in Munich.
The European Brewery Study Tour is more than just a brewing field trip. The Study Tour is designed to build on the knowledge students gain in our advanced brewing courses towards developing a thorough understanding of how brewing science and technology is applied in real-world commercial brewing situations.
Master Brewer Program
Advanced

Level
20 weeks

On Campus
duration
700

Clock Hours

The twin-campus Master Brewer program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through practical application of brewing. Advanced theory and an extensive advanced practical applications module will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience required to understand every critical area of commercial brewing.

This 20-week program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-eight-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing students with education and experience that is not offered by any other brewing school.

 

Master Brewer Program | W40

The Master Brewer Program starts with 7 weeks of brewing theory and business training conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of all sizes. After the Chicago modules are completed, students then travel to Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, where over the 3 week course duration they apply the knowledge gained from their first 7 weeks of study in the practical brewing environment at Doemens. Students also participate in advanced-level brewing theory training while at Doemens, including presentations regarding brewing techniques used in creating authentic German beer styles. After the completion of the 3-week segment at Doemens Academy, students travel on the European Study Tour to tour breweries and brewing-industry suppliers, learning how the information they have gained in the Diploma Program is utilized in real-world brewing environments. Over the first 12 weeks of the WBA Master Brewer Program, students will gain a truly international perspective on brewing techniques and technologies. To complete the Master Brewer Program, students return to Doemens Academy for 8 weeks of advanced-level practice dealing in beer production, packaging operations, laboratory work and other areas critical to brewery operations of all sizes, all while under the instruction and supervision of some of the best educators in the brewing industry. Students will also gain from the time spent in the breweries and beer-centric environments of Munich, one of the great brewing capitals of the world.
Great beer starts with great raw materials and sound brewhouse practice, and the Raw Materials and Wort Production module provides advanced-level training in the technology and science of wort creation.
Beer Production and Quality Control picks up from the Raw Materials and Wort Production module to provide training in technologies from the completion of wort boiling and cooling through fermentation and maturation to the evaluation of packaged beer. This module offers in-depth instruction in fermentation and maturation, including all aspects of yeast handling and performance. Extensive classroom time is dedicated to the science of fermentation and its role in defining many of the key attributed of finished beer. This module also includes instruction in the process of quality control and assurance, ensuring that students understand the critical role that QA/QC plays in retaining the consistency and longevity of beer and other malt-based fermented products. This module is also available for individual application. Students may take any of the advanced level modules as a separate unit, electing to complete the program at a later date.
Packaging and brewery engineering play a major role in any growing brewery, so brewers need a sound understanding about the principles involved in this complex area of brewing science.
The primary purpose of this module is to expose students to the challenges of running breweries from a standpoint of sound business operations.
The 3-week Applied Brewing Techniques module allows students to experience hands-on commercial brewing techniques in the facilities of Doemens Academy in Munich.
The European Brewery Study Tour is more than just a brewing field trip. The Study Tour is designed to build on the knowledge students gain in our advanced brewing courses towards developing a thorough understanding of how brewing science and technology is applied in real-world commercial brewing situations.
Competing in commercial brewing requires a diverse skill set derived from study of brewing theory as well as hands-on practical skills. To address the need for extensive practical training, the Advanced Applied Brewing Techniques module was created.