Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD)

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling was originally established as The Laboratory Club in 1886. From inception, our mission has been to provide excellence in technical education for professional brewers and distillers in their pursuit of perfection. 

Although the headquarters are in London, the IBD is an institution with worldwide membership. Our qualifications, delivered at different levels of expertise, are globally recognised. More than 100,000 industry professionals from 90 countries have acquired their knowledge with us since the mid-1940s. 

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The IBD offers 4 levels of Distilling Qualifications to cater for all types of professionals, from those wanting to know the basics of spirits production to master distillers seeking to demonstrate and apply their own expertise. 


Foundations of Distilling

Designed for non-technical professionals working in the industry: sales, marketing, HR, finance… or anyone who wants to know the basics of distilling.

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General Certificate in Distilling

For distillers working in technical areas of the spirits industry to gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of distillation and develop best practices.

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Diploma in Distilling

Especially suited for distillery managers in large distilleries or heads of distilleries in smaller, independent production companies.

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Master Distiller

For those expert professionals looking to demonstrate their expertise and competence. They must have achieved the Diploma in Distilling and be sponsored by their employer.

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Scholarships and Bursary Applications

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ provides annual bursaries and scholarships for IBD spirit qualifications as follows:

  • Two bursaries for the General Certificate in Distilling.
  • Two grants per year, for 3 years, for the Diploma in Distilling.
  • The scholarship is for the top performance in the Diploma in Distilling Qualification.

All applications for the above and all other IBD prizes and awards should be made via the IBD, not the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

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