FAQ

Is my data safe ?

Totally Yes. The only data we will have is your registration data (email and name). This is purely used for the Hibernian Brewing School needs (ie. for log in) and this information is securely held.

Can I expense my training ?

Yes. At the end of your purchase, you will receive a receipt that you can file as an expense.

How would you describe the content of your programmes ?

The content of the material that our Master Brewers have put together for each programme is second to none. The lesson packs are put together in a user-friendly structured manner and the best books, articles, videos and workbooks have been chosen to compliment the lesson packs so that learners have all the information they need. Our list of programmes keeps growing so the Hibernian Brewing School is an extremely rich resource center for craft brewers and bars/hotels.

Who are our programmes designed for ?

Our programmes are designed for artisan brewers including brewers in brewpubs, small micro-breweries or small nano-breweries, home brewers who want to be more scientific and professional in their approach.

Are the assessments for each of the programmes difficult ?

For programmes that are on the European Framework of Qualifications, the assessments are laid out by the external accrediting body (ie. FDQ or City& Guilds). For our internal Hibernian Brewing School programmes, the material in the lesson packs is sufficient to for candidates to achieve honours marks but for distinctions, candidates should also read the available support material. For the professional and master brewer programmes, significant brewing experience (as a home brewer or artisan brewer) is required as a pre-requisite.

What does ‘Artisan’ refer to ?

We see this word across a range of products and it can mean slightly different things to different people. In this context we define artisan as ‘brewed locally in small batches by a skilled craftsperson, using carefully chosen pure ingredients that are where possible fresh, in season and locally sourced’.

What is the difference between a nano-brewery and a micro-brewery ?

Micro brewing means small scale brewing and the upper output limit varies within a range from country to country.  Micro brewers get tax exemptions from government and they often have distribution networks outside the local area. Nano brewing is  smaller scale brewing that services a local area and has a big emphasis on ‘freshness’. A nano brewery can be a small brewpub, brewing less than 3 bbl / 350L batches a few times per week, often as low as 15 Gallon / 50L batches. Nano breweries often sell beer to consumers in growlers for consumption off site.

What kind of support is available from your Master Brewers ?

If participants have any technical questions on the programmes, they can post these on the forum and our master brewers will respond at least within 48hours (most of the time on the same day).

Your e-learning programmes are ‘self-directed’ – what does this mean ?

Our Master Brewers provide technical support through our forum as described above – they do not provide on-line tutorials or manage candidates schedules and this is the main reason why our programmes as priced so competitively. Candidates need to be able to ‘self-manage’ themselves through the programmes or have target deadlines set by their company.

How does a craft brewery sign up for one of the packages ?

Just email us at info@hibernianbrewing school.com to express an interest. You will need to send us names and email addresses for users – we register staff for programmes and send them emails with login details. The company will need to decide the programmes for the different staff and lay out and manage a schedule for completion. We will provide all the technical support required by the candidates for the programmes and we will issue certificates to successful candidates at the end. Companies can pay for subscriptions through the website.

Do you provide customized training ?

Yes. On request through email we can put together a customized training programme for any company – we do this on a regular basis.

Do you get courses translated into other languages ?

Yes. We can offer a full translation service to any language you want.

Do you provide consultancy ?

Yes. Our core support team provides consultancy on legal compliance and technical brewing. We also work with a number of other industry experts around the world and depending on the consultancy need, we can often find the right person to help you.

Explain a little more about the Technical Support Forums for Craft Brewers ?

Access to the Technical Support forums is open to anybody who signs up for an annual subscription or for any of our professional brewer programmes. For Brewers, there are 5 main streams; Brewing Styles (flavor, beer styles, global trends etc), Brewing Operations (Brewhouse, Fermentation/Maturation, Packaging etc), Compliance (Quality, Safety, Environment etc), Engineering & Maintenace, Draught Dispense.

Explain a little more about the Hibernian Brewers Toolkit ?

This is also available to anybody who signs up for an annual subscription or for any of our professional brewer programmes – it can be downloaded. Our experts have put this together with a 30,000 HL pa brewery in mind. It includes; Typical Brew Record Sheets, Quality Plans, Cleaning Schedules, Calculations for IBU, Calculations for Waste, Production Planning Templates, Risk Assessment Templates, etc. We are continually adding to this toolkit and many of our additions have come from queries through our forums.

What do you mean by ‘validated digital credentials’ ?

A validated Digital Credential is achieved when a clear set of agreed criteria are met and this is validated by an approved centre – in this case Hibernian Brewing School. Digital Credentials are internationally recognised and follow a global standard. They can be incorporated into resumes and are compatible with Linkedin profiles. A digital credential is hosted on a secure website and is tamper proof so that candidates themselves cannot make changes to the achievements matched to them.

Note – As well as being approved to validate our own credentials, we are also approved to validate the credentials of a number of other organisations.

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