Online Courses

The Brewers Association (BA) offers online courses to members via our online training center. Learn more about our current course opportunities and how to access them below.

Brewery Safety Training

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This collection of brewery safety videos addresses the need for occupational safety and health (OSH) training in the craft brewing industry. In these short video courses, task-based instruction allows students to relate learning to their specific job tasks. Students will understand how to apply the principles of each specific OSH issue and recognize the hazards in their job tasks. A range of courses address different procedures based on where they are applied throughout the brewing process. Each video course offers a certificate of completion to document safety training.

For more information on this course and others like it, access the online training center by following the link below and entering your membership credentials. If you aren’t a BA member, you’ll need to setup a free account to access the online training center.

Stay Safe!

Each brewery environment is unique. All brewers should conduct periodic hazard analysis in order to establish safety practices that address the challenges found in their brewery. Establishing a sound safety program is an ongoing process that utilizes a vast array of resources and information. The BA Brewery Safety Training should serve as one element in a comprehensive safety training program at your brewery.

The content in this series of short video courses was created through a partnership with Grand Valley State University, and is intended for training purposes only. Material and situations depicted contrary to best practices are included for educational value only.

The BA welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. Contact info@brewersassociation.org to provide feedback.

Draught Line Training

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Two online courses offer content tailored specifically for line cleaning operators or beer service professionals. Learners will develop and test their knowledge of safe work practices in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. In addition to receiving a certificate of completion, professionals will learn how to control safety and health risks surrounding draught beer handling, create a safer and healthier workplace, and foster a workplace culture that accomplishes all the above.

For more information on this course and others like it, access the online training center by following the link below and entering your membership credentials. If you aren’t a BA member, you’ll need to setup a free account to access the online training center.

Training for Beer Service and Sales Staff

This abbreviated course is for beer service professionals adjacent to draught line cleaning operations.

Student Takeaways

  • Understand and support line cleaning operations
  • Recognize inherent hazards of draught line cleaning
  • Ensure safe and effective line cleaning at your establishment

Duration: 30 minutes

Training for Line Cleaning Staff

This specialized course is for people who perform or manage draught line cleaning operations.

Student Takeaways

  • Implement safe and effective practices when cleaning draught beer lines
  • Interpret a safety data sheet (SDS) to inform methods and materials
  • Conduct a hazard assessment and develop standard operating procedures (SOPs)

Duration: 60 minutes

The Brewers Association welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. Contact info@brewersassociation.org to provide feedback.

Beer Quality Management 

This certificate-based training program is for brewing industry professionals who oversee and support the production of beer as the brewer intended. Taught by a professional brewer through a production lens, students will identify beer quality risks from brewhouse to package and recognize when and how to intervene. This program will introduce common techniques used to evaluate physical and microbiological properties of beer throughout production and prepare students to make informed choices about practical methodologies, sampling plans, and organizational tools used to develop an overall quality management program specific to their beer quality goals.  

Student Takeaways 

  • Understand and analyze quality risks applicable to your brewing process 
  • Select and conduct appropriate tests to measure brewing process performance 
  • Develop a proactive approach to quality and resources to take corrective action 

The Brewers Association welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. Contact info@brewersassociation.org to provide feedback. 

Human Resources Manager Crash Course

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This certificate-based training program offers self-guided instruction to equip new and experienced people managers with the human resources (HR) tools to effectively hire, retain, train, and manage employees in the workplace. Training is offered in two parts which guide learners through the foundational skills needed to manage employees in compliance with the law and to maintain a respectful workplace environment.

Even if an organization lacks a dedicated HR position, those handling HR tasks and issues will find immense value in this training. For those more experienced HR practitioners, this course will offer professional development credits through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The content in this course is crafted to resonate with the specific nuances of the craft brewing industry, ensuring that participants acquire skills that directly contribute to the success and sustainability of their breweries.

Student Takeaways

  • Discover resources to navigate federal and state employment law
  • Explore best practices for job descriptions, conducting interviews, and communicating the employee value proposition for your company
  • Leverage tools to craft a legally compliant employee handbook
  • Utilize different types of training to enhance employee engagement
  • Examine techniques to prevent and address unlawful harassment
  • Identify the types of conflict that may occur in the workplace

The Brewers Association welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. Contact info@brewersassociation.org to provide feedback.

Intro to Ingredients

The Intro to Ingredients course is a self-guided online training that serves as a beginner-friendly resource that doesn’t require a technical brewing background. Any beer industry professional or enthusiast can benefit from having a foundational understanding of the building blocks of beer and how they’re used to formulate beer recipes.

Student Takeaways

  • Identify the four key beer ingredients: malted barley, water, hops, and yeast
  • Review the brewing process and when ingredients are incorporated
  • Explore the different flavors and aromas that ingredients lend to beer
  • Practice building different beer styles through selection of ingredients

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The Brewers Association welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. Contact info@brewersassociation.org to provide feedback.