Thank you for your interest in taking a BJCP Beer Judge Certification Exam in Kansas City!

About the BJCP
The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certifies and ranks beer judges through an examination and monitoring process, sanctions competitions, and provides educational resources for current and future judges. 

The goals of the BJCP are to:
  • Encourage knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world's diverse beer, mead, and cider styles
  • Promote, recognize, and advance beer, mead, and cider tasting, evaluation, and communication skills; and
  • Develop standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer, mead, and cider.
To become a ranked BJCP beer judge, one must pass at least two exams: 
  1. The online entrance exam (a pass/fail exam of 200 questions in 60 minutes)
  2. The Beer Judging exam (Judging 6 beers in 90 minutes) 
Judges can achieve the ranks of Recognized and Certified Beer Judge by passing the online exam and the beer judging exam. To advance to the National rank or higher, judges must also take the BJCP Written Proficiency Exam (20 TF and 5 written essay questions in 90 minutes). The BJCP also currently offers a Mead Exam to grant a Mead Judge endorsement to existing judges or non-BJCP members only interested in Mead judging. 

Please click the links on the left to see information about upcoming exams in KC, qualifications to sit for each exam, costs, and training classes. 

BJCP Exam Process Overview
Dennis Mitchell, Grand Master out of Arizona, created this easy to follow flow chart of the BJCP ranking and exam system.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Amanda Burkemper
BJCP Master Judge, BJCP Mead Judge
BJCP Assistant Education Director
Kansas City Bier Meisters - Education Director