The original and main purpose of the school was to set up and implement the syllabus which leads to the Diploma for Master Brewers. Over the years, however, a number of additional and related activities have been undertaken, e.g. The Diploma Craft Brewer education and The Certified Brewmaster.
Today SSB operates internationally, as it accepts qualified students from outside the Nordic countries. Some students graduate as Diploma Master Brewers (18 weeks), others study only part of the full syllabus, as the study is modularly built.
More than of 700 Diploma Master Brewers and 150 Diploma Craft Brewers have attended and obtained their Diploma from the SSB. The students came from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom, Italy, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Malawi, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Paraguay, Iceland, South Korea, Mexico, Belaus, Serbia, Canada, Uzbekistan, USA and Spain.