tall golden beer glasses and hops in baskets in the background

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The rising popularity of craft beer houses and products, specialty beer-making workshops, and beer-tasting events continues to generate rampant growth in the brewing scene and gives the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program broad spectrum appeal. The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program targets a diverse range of enthusiasts and professionals who see this as a valuable career opportunity in a vibrant and continually growing industry.

Learn the art, science and the business of brewing in our new 2,300 square foot state-of-the-art facility from staff with extensive experience in the brewery business. The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program provides hands-on training and includes researching and developing recipes along with sourcing locally grown materials in our small pilot set-ups. Our retail outlet adjacent to the teaching brewery will provide you with the opportunity to connect with prospective customers.

In two years, the Brewmaster students will have received a solid grounding in technical, analytical, and business and marketing skills developed under the direction of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI). In addition to the technical elements you will also be taught the marketing and entrepreneurial skills that are critical for your success in the world of brewing. It is now being offered for the first time in Alberta by Olds College in collaboration with Ontario’s Niagara College.


"The Brewmaster program is great opportunity to gain new knowledge of and connect with the craft beer industry. Unique trips such as Yakima during Hop Harvest, to Rahr Malting and Labatts are once in a lifetime opportunities to get behind the scenes insight to better illustrate the classroom learning. The dedication of the faculty to this program has been a positive example to us students. I'm learning more in this program than I could've put together in my own free time. Being at Olds is helping me realize my goals by providing me with knowledge and skills that can only lead to my success in a growing industry." -- Jason Armitage, Student

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the fundamental techniques of beer making.
  • Demonstrate laboratory analysis of beer as required in a brewery.
  • Select and use established techniques in marketing and public relations related to the beer industry.
  • Discuss the history and evolution of the beer industry in relation to today's market.
  • Identify, select and utilize process technology practices in brewery operations, packaging and handling.
  • Evaluate consistency and quality of beer, and determine beer style and characteristics.
  • Discuss and apply business strategies related to brewery operations, including labour management, sales and government legislation.
  • Formulate and develop a beer recipe for the market place.
  • Utilize computer applications for brewery operations.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and personal management skills in the work place.

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METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery



  • Fall Intake – September program start



  • October 1 for the Fall Intake


SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted



  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older, on or before, September 1 of the Program Intake Year
  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Biology 20, OR Chemistry 20, OR Science 20
  • Portfolio Submission (link to electronically submit portfolio)
    • Provide a letter outlining the reasons for your interest in this program, your career objectives and explain why you would be an ideal candidate for this program. Keep in mind that this program combines classroom, applied learning and fieldwork.
    • A resume detailing education, work experience, activities, interests, etc.
    • Submit your responses to the 3 questions below:
      • Describe how a diploma in Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will help you reach your personal and professional goals.
      • The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program is academically rigorous and demanding from a practical perspective but also rewarding. Please comment on personal attributes and experiences that are reflective of your capacity for learning and your ability to successfully complete this program.
      • Describe any experience and/or background research that you have completed within the brewing industry?

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at oldscollege.ca/apply
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)
  • Portfolio Submission


ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.




OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.




TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Beer Making
  • Licensee and agency sales and operations
  • Brewery Operations
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Brew Pub Operations
  • Retail Sales
  • Special Events

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STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!


COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 
Email: brew@oldscollege.ca

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Applications Now Open!

Enrolment Advisor

Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 
Email: brew@oldscollege.ca

Request an Information Package

Check out our VIRTUAL TOUR!


Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.