Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations


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 brewmasters, 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.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/science

Department's website: kpu.ca/science/brew

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • A letter of intent, of about 500 words, addressing
    • your interest in attending the Brewing and Brewery Operations program
    • the qualities you possess that make you a good candidate for this program
  • A minimum of 19 years of age by the first day of classes
  • Either
    1. Chemistry 11 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalent), and Level E1 as defined in the Math Alternatives Table, or 
    2. Recommendation by the Admissions Selection Committee.

Selection of qualified applicants for admission will be made by an Admissions Selection Committee which may comprise faculty and staff. 

Curricular Requirements

Note: HOPS courses are assessed Tuition Category 2.a.5 tuition and fees for domestic students.

Students must complete a minimum of 62 credits that include:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Term 1Credits
HOPS 1100 Introduction to Brewing 3
HOPS 1105 Brewing 1 3
HOPS 1110 Sensory Evaluation and Ingredients 3
HOPS 1212 Brewing Chemistry 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction Workplace Writing and Communications  
Select 3 credits from a course in CMNS or ENGL at the undergraduate level
Term 2
HOPS 1205 Brewing 2 3
HOPS 1211 Brewing Microbiology 4
HOPS 1213 Brewing Equipment and Technology 3
HOPS 1214 Introduction to Finishing and Packaging 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets  
Select 3 credits from a course in CBSY, CPSC or INFO at the undergraduate level
Year 2
Term 3
HOPS 2305 Brewing 3 3
HOPS 2314 Advanced Finishing and Packaging 3
HOPS 2315 Calculations and Recipe Formulation 3
HOPS 2422 The Brewing Industry 3
PHIL 3033 Business Ethics 3
Term 4
HOPS 2310 Product Evaluation and Judging 3
HOPS 2405 Brewing 4 6
HOPS 2420 Beer Marketing and Sales 3
HOPS 2421 Brewery Management Business Planning 3
 Total Credits62

Other Information

CSA-approved footwear is required, along with course-specific safety gear.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations.

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