Cider Start Up

Learn the science and business skills to take your cider to the next level. Register now and start anytime.

18 hours

About this course

Are you passionate about cider making? Want to learn the science behind making your own signature apple beverage? Or maybe it's your dream to start your very own craft cider business?.

Our Cider Start Up course is Australia’s first cider-making short course combining science and business expertise. Developed in partnership with industry, including FermenTasmania, this course aims to tap into the growing popularity of cider making and help both hobbyists and those already working in the industry refine their product.

This is your opportunity to learn the fascinating science behind cider-making, including production methods, flavours and ingredients, the fermentation process as well as bottling and cleaning methods. In the last module of this course you will also learn how to take your product to market and how to start your own cider business with our step-by-step business basics guide.

Who should do this course?

The course is designed for anyone who wishes to understand more about the science of cider.  This course is particularly useful for commercial and recreational cider makers.

Course Structure

This course is fully online and self-paced, allowing you to study when it’s convenient for you. As a general guide, we recommend allocating 2-3 hours of study time per module.  The learning will consist of online materials, reading resources and short videos to help guide your knowledge. There are no formal assessments and upon course completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  You will retain access to the course materials for 6 months, from the date you register.

What you will learn

Gain an understanding of the science and process of cider making

Understand the scientific process that will have you produce great tasting cider every time

Learn business strategies to develop your craft cidery

Meet your instructors

Dr Robin Katersky Barnes

Robin Barnes is the Coordinator of the Associate Degree in Applied Science at the University College at University of Tasmania.  Robin has more than 15 years’ experience as a researcher in the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and as a project manager on multiple University of Tasmania projects.  She has broad research interests in Education and Training and more recently focused on pathways to Higher Education, parental engagement in schools and educational aspirations in rural and regional areas.

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Dr Fiona Kerslake

Dr Fiona Kerslake is a cool climate viticulture, oenology and cider researcher at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), at the University of Tasmania. Fiona’s research interests are in Pinot noir and sparkling wine viticulture and oenology, which she has transferred over to help support and develop the growing Tasmanian craft cider industry. Fiona has been an associate cider judge for the Australian Cider Awards and judged at the Australian Fruit Wine and Cider Show and Tasmanian cider competitions.


Fermentation Tasmania Ltd (Fermentas) is an industry-led, not-for-profit industry cluster which was established in 2016 to accelerate innovation, growth and collaboration for fermentation-based enterprises.  The Fermentas aspiration is for Tasmania and Australia to be internationally-recognised for excellence in the design, production and marketing of fine fermented food, beverages and other products.

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