General Certificate in Malting

Gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of malting


This qualification is for anyone working in the malting industry. Candidates will often be employed as a senior operator or technician in a malthouse or will be graduates or managers new to the malting business. You will gain a solid grounding in the science and technology of malting and develop your knowledge of packaging best practice - vital to becoming a qualified professional maltster.

You will learn about different cereal types, barley growth and harvesting, the steps in the malting process, speciality malts and their relationship to alcohol production as well as health and safety and environmental issues.

For a full breakdown of what candidates will be examined on, please find the syllabus here.

Essential Information

What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised drinks industry qualifications in the world. The General Certificate in Malting demonstrates to your employer that you understand the basic underpinning technological and scientific principles of the malting process that go into producing a quality product.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by self-directed, online learning material which covers everything required to be successful in the exam. You will have the opportunity to answer multiple choice questions at the end of every unit which will test your understanding and help prepare you for the exam. The course material also features videos and detailed technical illustrations to help reinforce your learning.

When you are ready for the exam, simply book a time slot online and take the test from your computer with our remote invigilation.

What financial support can I get?

The IBD has reinforced its bursaries and scholarships with the aim to support those candidates from less advantaged backgrounds willing to progress in their careers by taking our qualifications. 

Find out more about them and discover if you are eligible for any of them.  

Why choose the IBD?

The IBD provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world. We’ve been around since 1886 and have built a reputation for trust in the industry due to the quality of our learning material, support for learners and rigour of our exams.

Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.