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***In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program is working to transition as many in-class courses to an online or live online format as possible.  Please see the certificate matrix for course offerings or contact for up to date information.  Courses listed as "Live Online" will include synchronous (live) remote lessons each week using our Zoom conferencing system. "Online" classes will be comprised of weekly pre-recorded lectures and guided assignments from the instructor.  Both course types include communication access to the instructor and classmates.***

From just eight craft breweries in the U.S. in 1980 to over 6,000 nationwide today, craft and microbrewing has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry. San Diego is contributing to the growth of the brewing trade with over one hundred fifty local breweries in operation and more in the planning stages. The key to a career in this thriving business is to gain the training and knowledge necessary to excel in this specialized field.

Brewers bring expertise from a diverse array of fields including engineering, chemistry, microbiology, physics and business, and must be able to apply that knowledge on a daily basis. The UC San Diego Extension Brewing certificate curriculum provides students with the technical skill and knowledge to select raw materials, produce wort, manage yeast and fermentation processes, and finish and package the product, all to the highest industry standards. The elective coursework is customizable for students based on career goals and/or personal interests.

Taught by leading professional brewers and other industry experts, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Certificate is a part-time, evening and weekend program that offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals. The certificate can be completed in 12-18 months and students may take as many classes as fit their schedule. Tuition is paid per course at the time they are taken.

All elective courses, with the exception of the Brewing Internship, are open to the public. An application and prerequisite coursework are not required to enroll in any elective course.

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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

  • Flexibility to take courses at your own pace
  • Courses offered during the evenings and weekends
  • Gain analytical and practical training in the classroom and in local breweries throughout San Diego
  • Career-oriented course content designed to provide fundamental brewing skills for an entry-level position in a craft brewery

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