Cellar Management

The qualification developed to help candidates ensure that their beer is consistently served in an optimum condition. It aims to increase sales and decrease wastage.

A one-day course which delivers an understanding of how to handle and maintain quality of cask and keg beer from delivery to serve. This course is a mix of classroom based learning, practical assessments and interactive exercises. A brewery tour is included on the day.

The BIIAB ABCQ can be used as a stand-alone qualification or as part of an induction programme. The Award is aimed at businesses and candidates required to handle and care for cask and/or keg beers – as well as anyone required to maintain a safe and hygienic cellar

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the course?
• The Award in Beer & Cellar Quality
• A one day course delivered by a team of experienced Cask Marque trainers
• Practical assessments throughout the day followed by a multiple choice test
• Content devised by industry experts
• Designed to ensure all beer is consistently served in perfect condition.
Why would I want to take the course?
• To help increase sales of beer
• To decrease beer wastage
• To improve your beer handling skills
Who is it for?
• Experienced and novice licensees
• All staff involved in beer handling
• As part of an induction programme for new staff
I’ve been in the industry for years. Why would I need a cellar management course?
Dispense equipment has changed a lot in the last few years. This course brings you the most up to date knowledge and information to help you improve your skills and increase your profitability.
I don’t stock cask ale – is this course suitable for me?
Yes – the course is about total beer quality, both cask and keg beers
What do I get?
• On passing the test delegates receive the Certificate in Award in Beer and Cellar Quality
• A full colour training and reference manual
What is the pass rate for the test?
Delegates require a minimum of 23 correct answers out of 30 questions
Is the test marked by the trainer?
No. The papers are marked independently by the BIIAB
Where do you train?
- Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorks
- Caledonian Brewing Company, Edinburgh
- Fullers Brewery, Chiswick, London
- Greene King, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
- Marston's Brewery, Burton on Trent, Staffs
- Palmers Brewery, Bridport, Dorset
- Robinsons Brewery, Stockport
- Thwaites Brewery, Blackburn, Lancs
- Wadworth & Co, Devizes, Wiltshire
- Wells and Youngs, Bedford
How do I book on a course?
Book your place online or give us a call on 01206 752212
What does it cost?
• Full day course per delegate: £80 + Cost of exam (£16.50) = £96.50 + VAT
• Rent a trainer - Full day course: £600 + Cost of Manuals (£10 per person) + Cost of Exam (£16.50 per person) + VAT. If you want us to invite, chase up and send out certificates to the delegates there is a £50 charge. There is a £50 supplement per course for non Cask Marque corporate members.


  • "It was a well structured course, received lots of information which will help me improve my work performance"

    Simone Rapisarda, Horse and Groom

  • "I found the Trainer Excellent and kept my attention throughout and it was all explained brilliantly"

    Annmarie McGlynn, Psalter, Sheffield