Advanced level Certificate Studies WBA

WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology Program

World Brewing Academy Siebel Institute Doemens

The twin-campus/dual continent WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology program will prepare graduates to progress in their careers in brewing through advanced theory and practical application of the learned theory content. Conducted in English at campuses in Chicago and Munich, this program provides a truly international experience in brewing science, technology and operations in just 3 months of full-time study.


The WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-three-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing a depth of experience that is unavailable through any other institution.

The WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology program begins with advanced brewing theory conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of every size. After the Chicago modules are completed, students then travel to Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, where they apply the knowledge gained in the practical brewing environment at Doemens. Students also participate in advanced-level brewing theory training while at Doemens, including presentations regarding brewing techniques used in creating authentic German beer styles.

Students then travel on the European Brewing Study Tour to breweries and brewing-industry suppliers, learning how the information they have gained in the program is utilized in real-world brewing environments. This knowledge is put to the test in the Business of Brewing and Technical Case Studies module, where the students are divided into groups to apply all they have learned and create presentations for judging on the last day. Over the 12 weeks of this English-language program, students will gain a truly international perspective on brewing techniques, technologies, and the industry itself as a whole.

Note: The Fall 2024 tuition includes round-trip airfare (Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, U.S.A., to Munich Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport, and back to Chicago) for students taking the full, continuous program. The Spring 2025 tuition does not include airfare. Room and board is the responsibility of the students in both Chicago and Munich.

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All students applying for a program, module or course must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

The WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology program requires students to have specific knowledge of brewing technologies and/or related sciences in order to be approved to enroll. This can be satisfied by:

(a) Successfully passing the WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology OR
(b) Successfully passing the online Assessment (click here to take the assessment)


Edwin Yang

Edwin Yang

Brewmaster, Vattanac Brewery, Ltd., Chbar Ampov Phnom Penh, Cambodia

"The WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology program certainly gave my career the jump that I was looking for. Valuable perspectives and exposure gained have enabled me to consistently undertake new technical and process challenges with confidence. And of course, the memories, experiences, and connections forged, I still call upon them today!"

Adam Shier

Adam Shier

Head Brewer, Black Oak Brewing Co. Ltd., Etobicoke, Canada

"My experience at both the Siebel and Doemens campuses in Chicago and Munich was amazing. It wasn’t just the learning experience I had, but the relationships and friendships that I know I’ve made for life. It’s amazing to be able to learn with people from so many different backgrounds, with so many different experiences, but that all are interested in the same thing. Being in the process of opening my own taproom brewery/brewpub has made me realize just how much there is to know, and I know I’ll be able to lean on both the friends I’ve made and the instructors I’ve had to help me find success."

What I'll learn

WBA Raw Materials and Wort Production module

  • Structure and Morphology
  • Biochemical Changes
  • Evaluation for Malting
  • Malting Processes
  • Specifications
  • Specialty Malts
  • Adjuncts and Cereal Cookers
  • History, Varieties, Aroma Evaluation
  • Botany, Cultivation, Types and Forms
  • Chemistry and Analysis, Storage and Stability
  • Character and Advanced Products
  • Craft Brewers Perspective
  • Brewing Water Composition
  • Water Adjustments
  • Malt Handling and Milling
  • Mashing
  • Enzymes
  • Techniques and Wort Composition
  • Separation (Lauter Tun and Mash Filters)
  • Boiling
  • Hop Addition “Hot Side”
  • Clarification
  • Cooling
  • Aeration
  • Brewing Calculations and Mixing Formula
  • Lab Analysis
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Effluents
  • Sensory Introduction

WBA Beer Production and Quality Control module

  • Morphology
  • Characteristics for Brewing
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Culture and Propagation
  • Physical Behavior
  • Dry Yeast Production
  • Fermentation Operations
  • Alternative Fermentation Techniques
  • Flavor Compounds
  • Quality Measurement
  • Management (handling practices)
  • Hop Addition “cold side”
  • Maturation and Storage Principles
  • Alternative Aging and Storage Techniques
  • Centrifuges
  • Processing Aids
  • Filtration – Theory and Mechanisms
  • Filtration- Filters and Operations
  • Sterile Filtration
  • Carbonation
  • Introduction to Brewing Microbiology
  • Beer Spoilage Potential and Brewery Contaminants
  • Detection and Identification of Contaminants
  • Application of Genetic Tests in Breweries
  • Oxygen Control
  • Colloidal Stability
  • Flavor Stability
  • Color
  • Foam
  • Gushing
  • Comprehensive QA/QC Program
  • Interpretation of Beer Analysis
  • Brewery CIP
  • Types of Taste Panels

WBA Packaging and Process Technology module

  • Overview
  • Materials
  • Line Design and Flow
  • Glass Bottles and PET Technology
  • Bottle Washing
  • Bottle Filling/Crowning
  • Principles of Canning/Seaming
  • Pasteurization
  • Kegging Technology (single valve keg)
  • Labelling Technology
  • Bottle Conditioning
  • Principles of Maintenance Effectiveness
  • Brewery Design
  • Fluid Flow Fundamentals
  • Gases in the Brewery
  • Valves in the Brewery
  • Pumps in a Brewery (and Troubleshooting)
  • Steam Fundamentals
  • Principles of Heat Transfer
  • Glycol Fundamentals
  • Principles of Refrigeration
  • Materials of Construction
  • Basic Energy Calculations
  • Process Control and Automation
  • CO2 Collection Systems
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Statistics
  • Process Troubleshooting
  • Hygienic Design
  • Introduction to PID
  • Liquid Processing

WBA Business of Brewing and Technical Case Studies module

  • Planning and budgeting
  • Studying environmental (competitive, regulatory and supply) challenges
  • Analysis of real-life scenarios and challenges breweries face today

WBA Applied Brewing Techniques module

  • Practical “hands-on” experience in brewing, fermentation, filtration and packaging
  • Hands-on laboratory practice
  • Advanced theory lectures on mashing, malt analysis and recipe formulation

WBA European Brewing Study Tour module

  • Behind-the-scenes visits to suppliers, manufacturers and breweries throughout Europe
  • See the application in real-life of the theoretical knowledge accrued through the program of study
  • Immersion into the beer culture of each country visited

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Payment Terms

To reserve a seat in any course, module or program, the required non-refundable Application Processing Fee (APF) must be paid within 5 (five) days after a student is accepted.

ONLINE: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 14-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

CAMPUS: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 60-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

“Late Tuition” will apply after these dates.

Time 12 weeks / 420 hours

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