IBD – Diploma in Beverage Packaging (beer)

Diploma in Beverage Packaging (beer)

Who should attend?

Typical candidates are team leaders, operational managers and technicians. IBD members who have successfully completed the programme and passed their Diploma level examinations are awarded the use of the post nominal “Dipl. Pack”. The IBD Diploma in Packaging (Dipl.Pack) programme will form a significant part of a candidate’s Continuing Professional Development. Since the examination syllabus is designed for Team Leader’s and Packaging Managers in the Brewing Industry, it requires appropriate level of experience and knowledge in many aspects of technical operation of the beer packaging processes.

How will you benefit?

The objective of the Diploma in Beverage Packaging (beer) is a measure of the level of a candidate’s knowledge and competence in the technical management of the packaging processes for beer. The IBD Diploma in Packaging Qualification has been designed to meet the ever changing needs of the brewing industry of which Packaging has become a key and expensive part. Packaging has to be carried out to give the best quality, at the lowest cost and with the best customer service delivery.

Whilst there is neither educational qualification nor work experience specified for sitting the Diploma Level examinations, candidates must satisfy themselves (and the Examiners) that they have sufficient scientific knowledge to understand the subject matter. 

Outline programme 


  • Packaging theory and materials
  • Beer preparation
  • Planning and line design
  • Small pack operations

Module 2

  • Quality
  • Operations management


  • Large pack operations – Keg


  • Large pack operations – Cask


  • Brewing


  • Carbonate soft drinks

Module 3

  • Resource management
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Process control

To gain the Diploma in Packaging (beer) qualification, candidates will be required to: 

  • Be a member of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling
  • The three Modules may be sat in any order, and there are no time limits for sitting one or all of the Modular Examinations
  • The Diploma in Packaging (beer) takes place in June of each year
  • Candidates must register with the Institute by 1st November of the previous year.
  • It is recommended that candidates sit one module per year

Please note: We are currently not in a position to offer this course, but intend to offer it in the future

Included in the course price are: – The course material, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) examination (recognised in over 100 countries around the world). Access to the e-Learning site for the duration of the course.

Required prior learning for the course: General Certificate in Brewing is requirement

Guided learning hours: It is recommended that a candidate should allocate at least 360 hours of study. This is a NQF / IQF Level 4 (First/second year of a science degree) 

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate should be able to take responsibility as a team leader or operational manager or technician for one of the following areas in the production process: 

  • An understanding of packaging and packaging components
  • A knowledge of beer preparation for packaging and packaging operations
  • An understanding of safety, utilities and environment
  • A detailed knowledge of process engineering
  • An appreciation of brewing or carbonated soft drinks production

Combined with the need for relevant specialist tuition in many modular elements, the programme can be the ideal channel for technical development in beverage packaging. The programme is modular, in order to allow the examinations to be sat when experience is fresh. During the course of the programme, all candidates are expected to keep up-to-date with the literature concerning novel plant and processing techniques across the whole syllabus and to demonstrate this in the appropriate examination answers. Certain elements in the syllabus specify up-to-date knowledge.

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