The National Association of Cider Makers and (NACM) and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) are proud to announce that they will be working in collaboration to create a new General Certificate in Cider Making.  This unique training offering is being specifically created for people working within the technical side of the cider industry, ensuring they have a sound grasp of the fundamentals of cider making.

Taking in the full range of cider making processes, from apple selection all the way through to final packaging, this course is aimed at commercial enterprises that take a modern approach to cider making, with a focus on quality.

The equivalent of an A level standard qualification, it will follow in the well-trodden footsteps of the highly respected General Certificates already provided by the IBD in Brewing, Malting and Distilling.

Gabe Cook, NACM Communications Officer, points out that this course is long overdue. “There has been a huge increase in the number of people involved in the production of cider making over the last few years, not just in the UK, but all around the globe.  This course will provide the resource for ensuring current and new entrants into the cider making world are operating to the highest standards’

The IBD continues to develop qualifications for professional in the malting, brewing and distilling industries had over 3,000 exam candidates in 2016.

Jerry Avis, IBD CEO says “We are delighted to collaborate with the NACM to provide cider makers with a qualification that will demonstrate the extent of their technical knowledge with the degree of rigor that the IBD examination systems are renowned for. I know that both individuals and our member companies will be equally excited by the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of their art and science”.

Gabe Cook has no doubt that this course will be of the highest quality.  ‘The course material is being put together by the world’s greatest cider making minds, who between them have centuries of cider making experience.  What they don’t know isn’t worth knowing!’