Brewing Operations - One Year Certificate Program


What is Brewing Operations?

The Brewing Operations Certificate Program is a one-year, 33 credit hours program designed to prepare graduates to seek employment in the brewing industry. Program students will learn the science and business behind brewing and gain hands-on production experience in a regional brewery. They’ll understand how to identify and evaluate the quality of beer, develop mechanical aptitude in working with brewing equipment and learn environmental sustainability techniques in modern beer production. The program includes an internship at a local brewery. After graduation, possible job positions include assistant brewer, brewing equipment operator and quality assurance technician.


Who is this certificate for?
  • This certificate is for those who are seeking employment in the brewing industry or who wish to open a brewery.
What is the job outlook?
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11% job growth (2104-2024) both regionally and nationally for all food preparation occupations, a gain of about 1.5 million jobs. Brewing jobs are not separated out in this data, and therefore data from the Brewers Association is more relevant.
  • The craft brew industry has grown dramatically over the past several years. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer has demonstrated a 4% growth in U.S. sales volume since 2018 and now captures 13% of the overall beer market. The number of microbreweries and brewpubs opening nationally has shown an increase of 13% since 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I have to be 21 years old to take these courses?   
    You can take all but one of the courses prior to being 21.  Because there are tasting requirements for HRMG 200 (Sensory Evaluation of Beer), you must be age 21 prior to the start of the course.
  • Can I take these courses on a part-time basis?
    Absolutely!  It was written for someone to complete within a calendar year if they were taking classes full-time.  It will just take a longer time to complete the required courses if you plan to go part-time.
  • How much time is spent in the classroom?
    This program is a combination of lecture and hands-on skill development.  In fact, you will have a minimum of 250 hours of work experience upon completion of the certificate.  The time spent in the classroom is reduced compared to other academic programs.
 
  • How much time is spent in the classroom?
    This program is a combination of lecture and hands-on skill development.  In fact, you will have a minimum of 250 hours of work experience upon completion of the certificate.  The time spent in the classroom is reduced compared to other academic programs.
  • How do I get started? 
    The very first step is to complete an online application to ACM.  There is no fee.  The second step is to schedule an appointment to take the Reading Placement Exam by calling (301)784-5554.  This won’t prevent you from enrolling, but rather assist us in  helping you to succeed should you need a developmental reading course.  The third step is to complete a FAFSA (financial aid application) to determine if you are eligible for financial assistance. And finally, schedule an appointment to plan your schedule with Deb Frank via email at dfrank@allegany.edu.

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Debra Frank 
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