Beer Certification Online Level 2

Level 2 - Prud'homme Beer SpecialistLaptop Photo




This e-learning course in beer education is designed and developed for participants who wish to take their knowledge of beer to another level.  Note, the Level 1 certification is a prerequisite. 

The focus is to provide more detailed insights into brewing ingredients and processes, draught systems while introducing Canadian brewing history and further investigating negative sensory components.

The program is presented like a regular class, including 8 separate modules accompanied by a module test, as well as a tasting assignment.  Tasting assignments are evaluated and returned weekly with feedback. There are also two beer and food pairing assignments plus a final exam.  Each participant receives a ‘Welcome Package’ that includes a printed workbook, colour chart, flavour chart, and other resources materials.  Note, the remote option will include instructor classes each Monday evening from 7 - 9 PM.
The self-directed option will take approximately 24 - 30 hours to complete and fully understand all of the materials. Typically, 45 minutes will be spent per module, self-tastings are roughly 20-30 minutes each and on average there are 4 tastings a week, plus the module test (approx 30 minutes), in total approximately 3 - 4 hours per week. Once complete, you will have access to the online exam. Upon receiving your login information, you will have 10 weeks to complete the course. 

Course Date

Online self-directed: Starts on any Monday. You choose the start date. (10 weeks, including examination). 
Remote: September 6 - November 15, 2023 (8 weeks, including examination). 7 - 9 PM Monday Evenings (No class Thanksgiving Day weekend)


Level 1 is a prerequisite before enrolling in Level 2.

Module Topics

  • Ingredients
  • Brewing Processes
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Beer History
  • Beer Styles
  • Draught Beer
  • Category Insights & Trends
  • Glassware

Learning Outcomes / Course Content Outlines

Online Self-Directed Learning

Online Remote Learning with Instructor

How to Gain the Qualification / Examination

You must complete six modular tests, 1 final exam and 3 assignments, with a passing overall grade of 70%.

Grading consists of six online tests - 30%; weekly tasting note submissions - 25%; beer and cheese assignment - 10%; beer and food observations - 10% and the final exam - 25%.

Successful participants will be issued a Prud’homme Beer Certification®.

The exam will consist of 60 questions to be completed within 60 minutes.


Online self-directed - $585* + HST ($76.05) = $661.05
*Includes: Learning platform, welcome package (to be mailed), instructor graded assignments, support and exam. Beer samples are not included.

Remote learning with instructor - $785 + HST ($102.05) = $887.05 (FALL 2023 FEE TBD)
*Includes: Learning platform, instructor teaching, welcome package (to be mailed), instructor graded assignments, support and exam. Beer samples are not included.

A 5% discount will apply to U of G students/staff/faculty/alumni!  

How to Apply & Make Payment

Register on-line at this link.

Once you complete the on-line application form, an email will be sent to you to arrange payment.

When payment has been made you will receive information regarding login and instructions.  Your learning package will be mailed just prior to course start.

HST Registration Number - R108161829   A University of Guelph receipt can be issued.

Registration Deadline

Self-Directed: No deadline - You choose your Monday start
Remote Learning: Monday, August 21st, 2023

Age Restrictions

You must be 19 years of age by course start date.


There will be no refunds after your payment has been processed.


Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116

Cheers and hope to see you soon!