If you like beer, the University of Vermont has a certificate program right up your alley. Its Business of Craft Beer Professional Certificate is comprised of two online courses, 10-weeks each, optional career coaching services and a culminating capstone project. Now, a new collaboration between the program and the industry-recognized Cicerone Certification Program will allow students to further distinguish themselves as craft beer experts with specialized knowledge in selecting, acquiring and serving a variety of beer styles. Components of Cicerone’s instructional materials will be incorporated into UVM’s fully online Business of Craft Beer Program, and students will be eligible to take the first level Cicerone Certification exam at no extra charge.
“Students in our Craft Beer program have consistently expressed an interest in developing a deeper understanding of beer styles and find it a necessary skill for starting a brewery and in sales and marketing, when talking or writing about beer,” said UVM Business of Craft Beer Program Director Gregory Dunkling. “Throughout our program, we repeatedly come back to this theme of understanding beer. With Cicerone becoming a beer industry standard, we are delighted to bring their resources into our program to meet the needs of our students.”
“The Cicerone Certification educates and certifies beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers,” said Ray Daniels, founder of the Cicerone Certification Program. “We’re excited to extend our certification offering to students in UVM’s Business of Craft Beer Program.”