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Brewing and Beverage Production

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to enter Nova Scotia’s rapidly growing breweries, microbreweries, brewpubs, cideries, distilleries and other beverage industries.

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Typical Length:
2 Years

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Are you looking to turn your passion for making beer, cider or other beverages into a career? Whether you’re a home brewer or are new to brewing and beverage production, this program provides you with the skills and knowledge to find a rewarding career in the ever-expanding beverage industries across Nova Scotia and beyond. 

In the Brewing and Beverage Production program, you learn to expertly craft a range of beverages (e.g., beer, cider, ready-to-drink cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages), including:

  • Selecting the right ingredients, methods and equipment 
  • Developing and adjusting original beverage recipes
  • Packaging beverages to maintain quality (e.g., cans or kegs)
  • Assessing the quality and consistency of beverage production using lab equipment, analytical techniques and evaluation of taste, aroma and physical characteristics
  • Safely operating and performing routine care to beverage production equipment
  • Gaining basic skills and knowledge related to beverage operations

Work experience

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience courses are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit work experience opportunities

Study options

  • The Winter 2026 offering will be delivered in a compressed schedule over a 17-month period.

Choose NSCC

  • This is the only Brewing and Beverage Production program of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
  • This program was developed with industry – for industry, ensuring your skills are current and relevant.
  • Learn from experienced, enthusiastic instructors who support your success.
  • The laboratory and analysis skills you gain through this program are transferable to other areas of the food and beverage industry.

Other info

  • Punctuality and attention to cleanliness are absolute necessities.
  • This program is a great option for those with a science or engineering background looking to transfer their skills to a new career.

January 2026

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Sydney Waterfront Campus/Online
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Must be at least 19 years of age by the time this program begins.
  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 11 Biology or Academic Grade 11 Chemistry.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.  


Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

Tuition amounts are for the 2024-25 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Career options

  • You graduate trained to work as a technical lead in the growing beverage sector, including breweries, cideries, microbreweries, brewpubs, distilleries, meaderies or businesses making non-alcoholic beverages. You can apply these skills in a wide variety of employment opportunities such as:
    • Brewer
    • Cider maker
    • Quality technician
    • Packaging technician
    • Production technician
    • Cellar person
    • Product developer
  • As this sector is suitable for small start-ups, graduates of the Brewing and Beverage Production program may also seek to start their own beverage business.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit career options.

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A picture of Andrew Morrow and Bryan MacDonald in a warehouse setting toasting each other with their beer product.
Andrew Morrow and Bryan MacDonald
As the founders of Breton Brewing Co., we share a passion for learning as much as we can about making the best beer possible. We’re excited to support the launch of the Brewing and Beverage Production Program at NSCC which helps our growing industry.

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