General Certificate in Malting

General Certificate in Malting

Who should attend?

The General Certificate in Malting  (GCM) gives international recognition of a basic, under-pinning knowledge and understanding in the principles of malting operations. The GCM has been designed for candidates who may have little or no formal academic or technical qualification. Typically a candidate will 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.

How will you benefit?

These are a measure of the basic knowledge (theoretical and practical) underpinning malting and associated operations. They are aimed at team members, team leaders and technicians who may lack appropriate higher education or may not have the basic scientific knowledge to sit the Diploma Level qualifications. They are also suitable for other non-operational personnel (e.g. in HR, accounts, logistics, and engineering) who will benefit from a basic understanding of operations within their industry. The General Certificate qualifications can be an end in themselves, equipping successful candidates to carry out their tasks more knowledgeably, or can also be the start of professional development, leading to Diploma Level qualifications and, potentially, a Master Level qualification.

The General Certificate in Malting can be an end in itself, or the start of professional development, leading to the Diploma in Malting. 

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 qualification, candidates will be required to: 

Successfully complete:

  • a multiple choice paper of 60 questions 

Please note: We are currently not in a position to offer this course, but intend to offer it in the future

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 (if you are not sure, contact us, so that we can help you choose the course level according to your needs and objectives).

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

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 and individual properties
  • Malting process and overview
  • Malting plant safety
  • Malt and barley storage plant safety considerations
  • Features of a quality system
  • Roles, responsibilities and benefits
  • Malt related food safety
  • Detergents
  • Sterilants
  • Heat sterilisation
  • Safety
  • Types of cleaning systems
  • Pest control
  • General plant cleaning
  • Water sources and treatments
  • Water types and uses
  • Sources of effluent and its measurement
  • Properties, applications and safety 
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Conservation
  • Waste

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

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.