General Certificate in Malting

General Certificate in Malting

Who should attend?

The General Certificate in Malting gives international recognition of a basic, under-pinning knowledge and understanding in the principles of malting operations. The qualification is offered by both the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), as a stand-alone qualification, and the Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain (MAGB) as part of their Certificate in Malting Competence (CMC) qualification.

How will you benefit?

The General Certificate in Malting has been designed for candidates who may have little or no formal academic or technical qualification and will often be employed as a senior operator or technician in a malthouse, or will be graduates or managers new to the malting business. The scope of these examinations will also enable those from smaller malting operations to obtain this recognised qualification, and are open to anybody with interest in malt production. They are a measure of basic knowledge (theoretical and practical) underpinning cereal growing, malt production and associated operations.

  • The General Certificate in Malting can be an end in itself, or the start of professional development leading to further qualifications in malting.
  • The General Certificate in Malting is accredited at Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework in the UK (or equivalent internationally recognised standards).
  • The General Certificate in Malting takes the form of one multiple choice paper of two hours.
  • The General Certificate in Malting is a module forming part of the MAGB’s Certificate of Malting Competence

Outline programme 

  • Cereals; their uses for malting and beer/spirit production
  • Malting; overview and requirements
  • Barley growing and harvesting
  • Malting – barley intake and storage
  • Malting – steeping
  • Malting – germination
  • Malting – kilning
  • Malting – storage and dispatch
  • Speciality malt production
  • Malt quality and process control
  • Beer types; raw materials and sweet wort production
  • Distilled spirits; raw materials and wort production
  • Safety in the malt plant
  • Quality management
  • Plant cleaning; cleaning in-place (CIP), pest control and general hygiene
  • Engineering maintenance
  • Utilities; energy, water and effluent in malting
  • Malting and the environment

To gain the General Certificate in Malting (GCM) qualification, candidates will be required to: 

Successfully complete:

  • a multiple choice paper of 60 questions 

Please note: The course will be available for study from Spring 2019

Please note: you need to register 8 weeks prior to the examination date to take the IBD examination.

Included in the course price are: – The course material, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) examination (recognised in over 100 countries around the world). Access to the e-Learning site for the duration of the course.

Required prior learning for the course: no prior knowledge is required

Guided learning hours: It is recommended that a candidate should allocate at least 80 hours of study. This is a NQF / IQF Level 3 course (if you are not sure, contact us, so that we can help you choose the course level according to your needs and objectives).

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate should be able to explain and describe in simple terms, or demonstrate familiarity with: 

  • Cereals; their uses for malting and beer/spirit production
  • Malting; overview and requirements
  • Barley growing and harvesting
  • Malting – barley intake and storage
  • Malting – steeping
  • Malting – germination
  • Malting – kilning
  • Malting – storage and dispatch
  • Speciality malt production
  • Malt quality and process control
  • Beer types; raw materials and sweet wort production
  • Distilled spirits; raw materials and wort production
  • Safety in the malt plant
  • Quality management
  • Plant cleaning; cleaning in-place (CIP), pest control and general hygiene
  • Engineering maintenance
  • Utilities; energy, water and effluent in malting
  • Malting and the environment

Progression Routes – Upon successful completion of the IBD General Certificate in Malting, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications:

in the process of development by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling…

Diploma in Malting: – The Diploma in Malting examination is a measure of the candidate’s theoretical knowledge of malting science and technology. The objective of the Diploma in Malting is to give international recognition of comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of malting science and technology.