Beer Certifications Level 2

Level 2 LogoPrud'homme Beer Certification® Level 2 - Beer Specialist

This course is designed and developed for participants who wish to further their knowledge of beer for use in the following:

  • the hospitality industry
  • as an agent for a brewer/distributor of beer
  • beverage alcohol education.

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.

Instructor - Dan Schmidt Photo of Dan Schmidt

Dan grew up working in the hospitality industry and has worked in restaurant management, beer portfolio development, and beer training for the Bier Markt.  Dan's German heritage helps to make him an ideal beer educator. He is a self proclaimed Beer Romantic and Prud'homme Master Beer Sommelier, and is currently working as the Front of House Manager and Head of Beer Education at Royal City Brewing in Guelph.


Wednesday's: January 16th - March 27th, 2019 (7 - 10 p.m.) (no class on Wed. March 13th - Spring break) 10 weeks in total


Level 2 will be held in Macdonald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph.

University of Guelph campus map. (Building - Macdonald Stewart Hall)

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate the essential knowledge required to explain the key components of beer

  • Recognize and record the impact of a variety of ingredients in beer
  • Differentiate and discuss various brewing concepts
  • Compare various beer styles and record their sensory components
  • Recognize and describe, in a blind tasting, the off flavours found in beer
  • Evaluate and record your personal observations while tasting a variety of beer styles

2. Discuss and recognize the importance of beer in Canada’s history

  • Appreciate the impact that several brewers had on the development of beer in Canada
  • Describe several key historical events and report on the impact on beer culture globally

3.  Display a comprehensive knowledge of beer and food pairings

  • Taste, smell a variety of cheeses and record your observations including the pairing with one style of beer
  • Prepare, cook and participate in a 4 course beer dinner
  • Identify and record the application of pairing concepts with each course

4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the components required to deliver good quality draught beer

  • Participate in a draught workshop and display proficiency at dismantling and reconstructing draught faucets and couplers
  • Recognize the need for different dispense gases based on the concepts of internal pressure, temperature and distance
  • Explain the steps necessary to ensure proper pouring and delivery of draught beer
  • Identify key insights and trends in the Canadian and Global beer industry and be able to explain their importance to brewers and relevance to consumers

How to gain the qualification

You must successfully complete 3 short answer tests, 3 assignments, and final exam (all must be completed). The passing grade is 70%. Please note that late assignments will be subject to a 20% deduction.  In addition, more than 3 absences will result in a dismissal from the program.

Successful participants will be issued a Prud’homme Beer Certification®.  The exam will take place on the last session date.


Level 1 is a pre-requisite to take Level 2.


$700* + HST ($105) = $805.00
*Includes: Instruction, education material, beer and exam.
A 10% discount will apply to U of G students/staff/faculty/alumni ($630 x 94.50 HST = $724.50)

How to apply

Please submit your application form by:

1.    Email: OR
2.    Mail: (address is on the application form). Note payment information below.

Application form

PDF Application Form  or  Word Format Application Form (print, complete, scan, send)
If another version is needed, please contact us.

Registration deadline

December 14, 2018

Seating is limited, please register early.

Payment information

Payment is due upon submitting your application form. Please follow one of these two options:

1.    Contact Lisa Fodor at 519-824-4120, ext. 56116 with credit card details (VISA or M/C only); OR
2.    Forward a cheque payable to the "University of Guelph" and mail to: Lisa Fodor (the address is on the application form).

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

Age restrictions

You must be 19 years of age by course start date. Students who choose not to taste alcohol for health, religious or other reasons will not find this a barrier to successfully completing the Level 1 certification.


If cancellation occurs between registration and 10 working days prior to the course start date, an administration fee of $300 will apply. Cancellation must be made in writing with a valid reason of withdrawl. There will be no refunds for cancellations within 10 working days of class start.


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