CEPE's Business of Craft Brewing Certificate Program

By the end of the program, each student has an investor-ready business plan.

Our fully online program focuses on the business side of brewing and is ideal for home brewers looking to reach larger audiences, as well as industry professionals who want to advance their careers. While brewing is emphasized, distillery and cidery business models are also included.

With 3,000+ craft breweries in the US today and another 1,500+ in the
planning stages, now is a great time to take part. In fact, craft beer is
projected to represent nearly 15% of the brewing industry by 2020. business of craft brewing course schedule

The 4 Required Certificate Courses:

Both of These (In this order):
BB401 Basic Business for Craft Beverages
BB402 Craft Beverage Business Managementbusiness of craft brewing e-newsletter sign up

And 2 of These:
BB403 Strategic Craft Beverage Marketing
BB405 Craft Beverage Distribution
BB406 Pub & Tasting Room Management
BB407 Regulation & Compliance for Craft Beverages

Certificate Cost: $2796

Program Snapshot:

Fully online
4 5-week courses
Offered 2 times a year
Can be completed in as little as 2 terms
Must be completed within 3 years
Each student creates investor-ready business plan
Average weekly workload:

  • 3-4 Video Lectures
  • 2-3 Readings 
  • 1 Assignment
  • 1 Live Session

Local breweries/distilleries/suppliers participating in this program include:
Rogue, Widmer, Migration Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Captured by PorchesBull Run Distilling, Great Western Malting, JV Northwest, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, the Ale Apothecary, Country Malt Group, Craft Canning and Bottling, Hophouse, and many others! 


Questions  Questions about this program or courses?  Contact us.

Custom Training  Interested in bringing this program to your organization? Contact us.


 Join our LinkedIn group for PSU Craft Brewing Certificate students, graduates, and professionals. Also, craft brewing jobs found here.


Courses can be taken individually or can be applied to a certificate within a three-year limit. Courses completed outside of the three-year limit will need to be retaken to qualify for certificate completion.