The Cider Institute is a non-profit organization...
made up of passionate cider industry professionals and educators with a mission to create a quality-driven and sustainable cider industry through education and research. This diverse group of individuals will help universities and training institutions develop curriculum and procure funding for research that will benefit the entire industry.
The creation of the Cider Institute was born out of the rapid growth within the cider industry and the recognition of how little education opportunities exist to train new cidermakers. What has started as a casual discussion amongst colleagues has morphed into a more organized effort to drive forward cider education and research.Learn more
Beginning with a Foundation Course that is currently being taught through our academic partners, including Cornell University, Oregon State University, Washington State University and Brock University, the Cider Institute is developing concrete relationships with education partners to help them better understand the opportunities and risks facing the industry as a whole. Cider Institute Certification is offered as an option to all students completing these programs as a way to develop new talent from within the industry.LEARN MORE
The Cider Institute is currently looking for other education partners who want to get involved in developing new curriculum. Coursework that is currently being developed includes a master cidermakers course that builds on the foundation course as well as a cider business course to help people better understand cider business management.LEARN MORE
At CiderCon 2016 it was agreed upon to form the Cider Institute of North America in recognition of the need and demand for training and development of cider production skills.
This overall initiative is designed to build on the training provided in North America since 2003 by Mitchell F&D Limited's Cider & Perry Academy (CPAC) - a UK based training organization specializing in cider & perry production.
In addition to developing & providing training from foundation skills through to Master Cider Maker, this initiative will also look to facilitate and develop other mechanisms for skills & technology development & transfer.
To drive this initiative forward, an initial group board has been formed to include members of the North American Cider Industry, Cider & Perry Academy (CPAC), New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC). We have two education partners currently on the board from Oregon State University and Cornell University.
The specific functions of The Cider Institute are to:
• Provide a mechanism to identify & prioritize training & skills development needs on behalf of the cider industry. From start-ups to established businesses (large & small-scale). Also acts in an advocacy capacity as appropriate.
• In conjunction with CPAC and training providers, develop a set of standards for assessment and registration fees for the various levels of certification.
• Provide accreditation and act as the Examination Board for cider production training programs. Certifications are awarded to those cider & perry producers who meet the necessary standards.
• Approve, oversee, advise, guide and liaise with training providers and tutors.
• Undertake an ongoing review of the training programs, assessment standards and certification being offered.
• Identify and support research into cider & perry production, pomology, orcharding and marketing.
• Approve, advise, guide and liaise with Skills, Knowledge & Technology Transfer Centers (SKTTC).
• Liaise with other organizations, institutions, suppliers and funding providers with respect to supporting this initiative.
In addition to the role that training providers and tutors will undertake, additional mechanisms will be developed and established for skills, knowledge & technology transfer. Based on a 'one-stop-shop' model operated in the UK and similar initiatives for other industry sectors, these SKTTCs will include:
• Pilot-scale cider production facilities & equipment for use in hands-on training and initial start-up incubation. The
facilities can also be used for research and development.
• Consultancy and trouble-shooting services.
• Laboratory facilities to support production cideries as well as analytical testing services directly linked to cider research and quality control.
• An information hub and library.
A wide representation from across North America, including small to large production businesses and other highly regarded institutions.
Access to the best knowledge-base and research available.
Provides a unique collaboration between the cider industry and academic institutions helping to bridge the gap between applied learning and science.
Providing a connection between students and the world's leading authorities in cider production and research.
The Cider Institute is steered by the industry for the industry. This provides appropriate training for budding cidermakers to gain employment and start successful cider operations.
The Cider Institute provides the only certification for cider production in the world.