Brewing up Something New

Craft brewing has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and Colorado has made a name for itself as a brewing destination. Brewing enthusiasts will gain the skills and training necessary to enter the field or take home brewing to the next level with our Applied Craft Brewing Certificate.
Classroom

Applied Craft Brewing

Choose Regis

WHY SHOULD I STUDY APPLIED CRAFT BREWING AT REGIS?

Regis University's certificate in applied craft brewing is for anyone looking to start a career in the craft brewing industry or simply considers themselves a beer enthusiast. Through hands-on experiences and mentorship from local brewers, students learn the fundamentals of brewing and develop the skills to improve their own craft.
Colorado is home to some of the best craft breweries in the nation, making it the perfect setting for students looking to increase their knowledge and experience in the field. Colorado’s brewery industry is booming:

  • Home to 334 breweries, employing more than 7,000 individuals
  • 3-billion-dollar industry in 2016
  • Brewery employment five times greater than the national average 
Regis’ applied craft brewing program culminates in an internship at a local brewery, letting students test out new skills, get a foot in the door and make valuable industry connections. Additionally, graduates have the opportunity to become certified beer judges through the national Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).

WHAT WILL I LEARN DURING THIS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM? 

Through Regis’ applied craft brewing program, students learn about basic biological principles, American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) lab methods, sensory training and business fundamentals. Courses integrate scientific basics, lectures from industry experts and hand-on skills labs.

IS REGIS' APPLIED CRAFT BREWING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ACCREDITED? 

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States.
Regis’ applied craft brewing program is currently working on recognition by the Master Brewers Association of America.

Internships

WHAT WILL MY APPLIED CRAFT BREWING INTERNSHIP LOOK LIKE?

The applied craft brewing program culminates in a supervised internship at a participating local brewery. Regis partners with many local breweries to host interns including Call to Arms Brewing Company, Prost Brewing, 300 Suns Brewing, Fiction Beer Company and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project among others. 

During your internship, you’ll use the skills developed throughout applied craft brewing courses, as well as experience first-hand the ins and outs of brewing, cellaring and serving.

For more information on Craft Brewing internships and to read testimonials from students, visit the Internships page.

Career Opportunities

WHAT CAREERS CAN I ENTER WITH A CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED CRAFT BREWING?

With a certificate in applied craft brewing, graduates are prepared to enter brewing and brewing related industries in a number of positions including: brewer, distiller and brewery management, marketing and quality control.

CAREER SUPPORT FROM REGIS

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

Program Requirements

Regis’ applied craft brewing certificate is a 16-credit program beginning every January and August. Classes are eight-weeks long and held on campus during the evenings to accommodate applicants with full-time jobs.   

Pre-requisites for this certificate include any one of the following collegiate courses or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university:

  • Introductory biology
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Mathematics (college algebra or higher)

Below are the degree requirements for completion of the certificate in applied brewing.

BREW 400 – Biological Brewing Fundamental (3)
BREW 430 – Business of Craft Brewing (3)
BREW 496A – Applied Craft Brewing I: Hot Side (3)
BREW 496B – Applied Craft Brewing II: Cold Side (3)
BREW 498 – Brewing Internship (4)

How to Apply

All students must meet the following requirements before enrolling in the Certificate for Applied Craft Brewing courses:
  • Must be 21 years of age by the beginning of their first program course
  • A bachelors degree OR completion of the following prerequisites:
    • One semester of college level biology or a passing score on a Biology College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam
    • One semester of college level chemistry or a passing score on a Chemistry CLEP exam (CLEP exams can be completed at the Regis University Testing Center.)
    • One semester of college level mathematics, a passing score on a College Mathematics CLEP exam, or a passing score on the Regis Applied Brewing Mathematics placement exam
  • 2.5 college grade point average (or Program Director permission for cases of students without collegiate coursework and only CLEP credit or special cases)
  • Official transcripts showing prerequisite coursework
  • Letter of intent outlining your interest and goals in the craft brewing industry
  • Detailed relevant work history/resume
  • Criminal Background Check: As a condition of your enrollment, you must pass a criminal background check. Regis University will provide the background check instructions to all admitted students. Proof of criminal background check from current employer may be accepted.

There is a $50 application fee and a $350 deposit due for admitted students. The deposit is applied to tuition.  For information regarding current tuition costs, visit our Cost of Attendance page and click on the “Graduate & Certificate Programs” tab. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. 

Fall Start-Application opens January 15 with a preferred deadline of May 1. Classes start late August.

Spring Start - Application opens July 15 with a preferred deadline of November 1. Final deadline December 15. Classes start in mid-January. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials by the preferred deadline for priority consideration.  There is a maximum cap for enrollment each term that cannot be exceeded.

Ready to apply now?