Cider & Perry Production Foundation ONLINE - Winter 2021 Session

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Join CINA for the most in-depth introduction to cider & perry production available online, with live discussions with industry experts.

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Please note: This online course begins on February 10th and includes a live (virtual) session every Wednesday 1-3pm PT / 4-6pm ET from February 10th through May 26th. The cost of this course is in USD - pricing & refund details are at the end of this description.

Since 2016, the Cider Institute has set the industry standard for cider production education. Our courses are taught by leading scholars and practitioners to keep you up-to-date on market trends and key skills. Due to the COVID-19 situation impacting communities and gatherings around the world, the CINA and our training providers are pivoting to online education for our flagship course, Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation. This is an unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in fermentation research and cider industry leaders in a 15-week modular learning approach, plus one week for a Certification Exam.

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation provides an in-depth introduction to cider and perry production. Participants will gain an understanding of cider and perry, acquire the key skills and knowledge necessary to make quality products, and network with peers and cider experts. Upon successful completion of the course and qualification exam, participants will receive the Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production; a pre-requisite for advanced-level courses.

Academic instructors from Cornell University, Brock University, Washington State University, and Virginia Tech will introduce you to the fundamentals of cider making as well as the history and traditions behind the modern cider and perry industry. World-renowned cider makers and consultants will lead live discussions about the application of production knowledge to a career in the cider industry.


This course is developed to deliver an engaging, flexible, and interactive digital experience. With extensive course materials, group discussions each week, and direct access to our expert faculty along the way, your experience is sure to be a rich and rewarding one. This intensive course has the following elements:

Course materials & videos will be available on a weekly basis.

Live (virtual) discussions will occur for 2 hours each Wednesday to discuss the week's topic and will feature cider experts to lead conversations related to the topic. All sessions will be recorded for anyone who's unable to make the live session.

Group work and networking will be facilitated through online tools to connect with your peers and build community during and after this course.

Sensory analysis skills will be developed and assessed through both guided and independent tasting sessions.

Fermentation supplies will be mailed to all participants so you can make your own cider through the length of the course.

Certification exam after the course will evaluate your cider production knowledge. Successful candidates will receive the Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production.


This class has 30 hours of live course discussion and an estimated 30 hours of self-instruction. Our modular approach will introduce one topic per week for 15 weeks, plus one week for the Certification Exam. Live 2-hour discussions will be every Wednesday from 1-3pm PT / 4-6pm ET starting February 10 and ending May 26. Attendance to the live sessions are not required and will be recorded for reference.

Module topics (subject to change):

Week 1: Introduction to the Cider Industry

Week 2: History & Cider Marketplace

Week 3: Sensory Evaluation

Week 4: From Apples to Cider: Orchards, Presses & Everything in Between

Week 5: Cider Chemistry

Week 6: Cider Microbiology

Week 7: SO2 and the Cidermaking Process

Week 8: Laboratory Analysis

Week 9: Cider Faults and Fermentation Management

Week 10: Tools of the Trade: Equipment Selection

Week 11: Cellar Hygiene

Week 12: Clarification: Enzymes, Fining, and Filtration

Week 13: Regulation, Record-Keeping, and Good Manufacturing Practices

Week 14: Carbonation, Pasteurization and Stabilization

Week 15: Foundation Certification Exam

Week 16: Starting a Cider Business: Basic Cost Calculations & Consideration (and party!)

If you have any questions contact Brighid O'Keane at brighid@ciderinstitute.com. We're excited to offer this opportunity to learn about cider & perry production from the accessibility and safety of your home.

The fee for this course is $1,850 USD + service charges. This includes 15 weeks of expert training, course textbook, cider sensory samples and fermentation kit, and CINA Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production qualification exam. Shipments of some of the supplemental course materials may be prohibited to some countries outside North America. International students can email info@ciderinstitute.com for more information.

Cancellations received before December 10th will be refunded 100%, minus service fees. Cancellations received December 10th - February 10th will be refunded 50% minus service fees. Cancellations received after January 10th are non-refundable; however, substitutes from the same organization are welcome.

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