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RCC Brewing First in NC

North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 185 breweries and brewpubs. We are the first in North Carolina to offer this program. 

  • Location: 649 Washington Street
    Eden, NC
    For more information: 336-635-9060

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BDF: Equipment, Packaging, and Maintenance (A15250EP)

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BDF: Specialty Agriculture for Fermentation (A15250SA)

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This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Classroom instruction, practical laboratory applications of brewing, distillation and fermentation principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work in brewing, distillation and fermentation includes production, operations, safety and sanitation, and associated process technologies. Related course work is offered in fermentation production, safety and sanitation, applied craft beverage microbiology, agriculture, marketing, management, equipment, packaging, and maintenance.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Students may be eligible to sit for the professional Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) certification exams which correspond to the program of study.

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to brew, distill and ferment various products, including beverages. Includes instruction in production of fermented products, cultivating, marketing, management, legal issues, inspection, maintenance, service and repair of equipment, facility operations, packaging, sanitation, and welding.

Students enrolling in this program must purchase accident insurance.

* This program involves the production of alcoholic beverages. Students must be 21 or older to enroll in the program.

Brewing Specialty Agriculture Certificate (C15250SA)

This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with entry-level competencies in the understanding of selection and cultivation of hops and grains and the processes and technologies of malting to produce fermented products. Upon successful completion, graduates should be able to qualify for entry level employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry, both at large distillers and smaller microbreweries or commercial farming operations. Students can complete additional certificates. Courses within these certificates may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Brewing, Distillation, & Fermentation.

* This program involves the production of alcoholic beverages. Students must be 21 or older to enroll in the program.

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Craft Brewing Certificate (C15250)

This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with entry-level competencies in craft beer brewing production, concentrating on understanding the microbiology and fermentation process, safety and sanitation, practices and techniques, and the equipment of the craft brewing process. Upon successful completion, graduates should be able to qualify for entry level employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry, both at large distillers and smaller microbreweries. Students can complete additional certificates. Courses within these certificates may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Brewing Distillation & Fermentation.

* This program involves the production of alcoholic beverages. Students must be 21 or older to enroll in the program.

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Please complete the following four steps to complete the admissions process.


Step 1: Complete an RCC Application for Admission.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to enter RCC’s school code: 002958.


Step 3: Request an OFFICIAL transcript from your high school/GED and all colleges attended. You may bring sealed copies of your transcripts to us, or institutions can send transcripts directly to RCC’s Admissions Office.


Step 4: Come by our office in person to speak with an admissions counselor who will discuss your program of study and placement test requirements

See the RCC Catalog for more information.