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Craft Distilling Certificate

Program Overview:

This exciting new program prepares graduates for employment in the growing alcohol spirits distillation industry, or to support those already in the workplace. This program provides applicable and necessary hands-on training, and is committed to the promotion of sustainable production practices. Specific areas of instruction include fermentation theory and application, maturation and blending of spirits, sensory evaluation, and quality assurance and management in a distillery environment.

Program Quick Facts:

 - This certificate is made up of 5 required courses, listed below.
 - Delivery is a blend of 4 online courses followed by a hands on training field study including a week at an on-site facility in Alberta.
 - This certificate may be eligible for the Alberta-Canada Job Grant

Program Outcomes:

1. Use distillation and fermentation techniques to produce and package high quality spirits.
2. Evaluate the consistency, quality, and flavour of distilled spirits.
3. Adjust spirit recipes, ingredients, or production processes in response to quality or flavour concerns.
4. Create spirits that align with target market interests.
5. Establish and implement appropriate quality controls and processes throughout the production, packaging, and distribution of spirits.
6. Comply with applicable provincial, federal, and international regulatory and trade requirements to produce, package, and distribute spirits safely and legally.
7. Demonstrate effective communication and personal management skills in the workplace.

Admission Requirements:

All applicants are asked to review the following Admission Requirements and Procedures.

Potential students will be required to show graduation from the Olds College Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management diploma, or an equivalent knowledge base from other institution(s) or industry experience.  For a complete list of the education required, click here to view the program outline of the Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management diploma.

If you are applying externally with an equivalent knowledge base from other institutions, please contact us at coned@oldscollege.ca for further information on the process.

Current students of the Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management diploma on track to graduate April 2017 are invited to apply for conditional admission pending final grades.

New:  If you do not meet the admission requirements, there is an optional pre-requisite course that can be taken.  This online course, if passed, will signify the student has the necessary skills to enroll in the certificate courses.

Program Overview:

This program consists of two 8 week terms of online courses, each term consisting of two online classes.  The third term, in September, includes the capstone course: a 5 day field study and concurrent online class. 

Term 1: May 7 - June 29, 2018

Fermentation Theory (online)
Distilling Quality Management (online)

Term 2: July 9 - Aug 31, 2018

Theory of Distillery Operations (online)
Blending, Maturation, and Sensory Evaluation of Spirits (online)

Term 3: September 24 - November 2, 2018

Practical Distilling - Directed Field Study, (Blended, online and at an on site facility for 5 days)

Note: The 5 day field school component will take place within these term dates, based on location capacity. Students will be asked to select from available weeks during this time period.

Courses Include:

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

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