Brewing, Distillation, & Fermentation-Career Studies Certificate

This program is intended to tap into the emerging brewing industry in the Danville-Pittsylvania County region and across the U.S.

  • Sales of domestic craft beer grew 6.2% in 2016
  • The craft beer industry contributed 55.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014 and more than 424,000 jobs
  • Beer tourism on the rise: In 2014, more than 10 million people toured small, independent craft breweries in the U.S.
    Source The Brewers Association

Topics covered in the program include production of fermented products; cultivating; marketing; management; legal issues; inspection; maintenance, service and repair of equipment; facility operations; packaging; sanitation; and welding.

This program is designed for students who have already completed a two-year software development program or have equivalent work experience. Admission criteria will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Admission Requirements: In addition to general college admission requirements, students must:

  • Be at least 21 years old by the start of classes.
  • Be able to work in a physically demanding environment, including but not limited to standing in a hot and wet work area for extended lengths of time; climbing stairs; repeatedly lifting equipment and product weighing up to 55 lbs., and safely maneuvering by hand equipment that weighs up to 170 lbs.
  • Brewing and distillation facilities may require a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to employment.

Program Information

This is set to be the first community college program of its kind in the region Learn from local craft brewers while earning college credit.

Minimum credits:16

Length: 2 semesters part-time

Career opportunities: Graduates may find employment in distilling and brewing operations, or by starting their own craft brewing business when this program is combined with DCC's Small Business Management CSC or Venture Creation & Management A.A.S. degree in technical studies. Salaries and job growth for business owners will vary.

Division: Business, Engineering, & Industrial Technologies

Contact: 434.797.8440 or 434.797.8474