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Introduction to Craft Brewing Technician

New breweries are popping up everywhere and people are taking note—brewing is here to stay! So what does it take to enter this intoxicating field?  Harford's Introduction to Craft Brewing Technician program introduces homebrew hobbyists and those looking for entry-level employment in the brewing industry, to the production techniques of craft brewing. 

Harford Community College, in partnership with Double Groove Brewing Company, has developed this program to train those interested in brewing craft beer.  Through a combination of online instruction and hands-on application of brewing and packaging skills, students will spend approximately 36 hours earning a Craft Brewing Technician certificate. 

Program Overview

Certificate of completion

2 Courses


Must be 21 years old by the first day of class.



  • Foundations of Brewing Science and Operations
  • Application of Craft Brewing and Packaging

This program includes approximately 20 hours of online instruction (10 hours of synchronous learning with an instructor and 10 hours of asynchronous learning), plus 2 days of hands-on learning at Double Groove Brewing Company, Forest Hill, Maryland.  The Foundations course must be completed in conjunction with or before the Application course.  Must be at least 21 years old.  Textbook purchase required.


What can I do when I complete this program?

Upon completion of this program, you are qualified to apply for employment as an entry-level beer production technician at a working brewery. You may also choose to further your education by earning a professional certification, or transferring to one of many 2- or 4-year training programs throughout the country.

Homebrewers completing this program will gain the knowledge to experiment with new brewing techniques and flavors to share with family and friends.