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Craft Beer Brewing certificate

The Certificate program in Craft Beer Brewing prepares students for direct employment in the craft beer brewing industry. Students gain theoretical and hands-on experience related to the craft beer brewing industry, qualifying them to assume a variety of roles in the craft beer brewing profession.

Meet Alumni James Hanley

James Hanley at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

James Hanley '18 (left) graduated with his degree in Craft Beer Brewing and is now a Brewer III at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del.! What's it like to work at Dogfish Head and how did his hands-on experience through SUNY Schenectady prepare him for his brewing career? Find out.



The program prepares graduates to:

Goal I: Develop competencies required in the craft beer brewing industry.

  • Apply common terminology used in the industry
  • Apply the steps/processes of each area of a brewery including manufacturing, warehousing, marketing and sales
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize industry processes and equipment for production
  • Demonstrate the understanding of historical and emerging industry trends

Goal II: Explore options for further education and/or employment.

  • Identify various continuing education opportunities
  • Research career opportunities through an internship
  • Create personal and professional goals and link to career opportunities


Jay Larkin“The craft beverage industry has gained national attention for creating a large workforce need in several areas to support  continued growth. The State of New York has increased funding in several areas that are directly impacted by craft beverage including agriculture, hospitality and tourism, and production. With that funding comes an increased need for capable employees to support the ever growing renown of New York State products."

"SUNY Schenectady’s Craft Brewing Certificate and Associates Degree are both poised to provide any segment of the industry with highly trained candidates with hands on knowledge. These students will be well versed in the history, trends and development of the highest quality products to set New York State beverages apart from all others.”

- Jay Larkin, Assistant Professor
Jay Larkin holds an A.A.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from SUNY Schenectady County Community College and a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He is a HCI TIPS Certified Instructor and the lead instructor for the Craft Beer Brewing programs.

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Degree Plan

See the degree requirements and suggested course sequence.

Degree Plan


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