Malting Diploma

General Information

Subject to there being sufficient candidates, the MAGB Malting Diploma Examination will be held during the week beginning 25th June 2018 in the UK.  For overseas entrants, arrangements may be made to hold the examination at an approved centre in or near the candidate's country of origin, but this cannot be assumed to be the case.  The Examiners reserve the right to decide which location will be used.

Examiners also reserve the right to cap the number of examination candidates to a maximum of 20 people.

This international examination, which will be in English, will be open to both home and overseas candidates. No formal qualifications will be required for entry to the exam. The Syllabus is wide ranging and designed to cover all aspects of malting.


Each candidate must be sponsored by a person normally within his/her own company, who will be approved by the MAGB.  The name of the sponsor must be declared at the time of registration.  The sponsor will act as the candidate's adviser and assist them with their preparation for the examination.

Sponsors will be assisted in their task by receiving a “Guide to Sponsors”, once the candidate has been accepted by the MAGB, or by prior application of the Sponsor to the MAGB.

Sponsors will be expected to ensure that candidates have the opportunity to receive instruction in all aspects of practical and theoretical malting and are properly advised on how to prepare for the examination.  It is anticipated that some of this learning and training will take place during normal working hours as agreed by the MAGB Executive.

Experience Prior to Entry

Candidates preparing themselves for this examination must acquire a basic theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of malting. They will be expected to demonstrate understanding and practical experience of the malting process and related operations; they will also be expected to possess a basic understanding of the commercial, scientific and engineering aspects of malting.

The candidate's log can be used to list the candidate’s relevant work experience and responsibilities (copy attached with Registration Form).  It is recommended that this experience should include a minimum time in the following departments:-

  • Barley purchasing                         - 1 month
  • Barley intake                                 - 2 months
  • Barley handling and management - 3 months
  • Malt processing                            - 6 months
  • Malt handling and despatch          - 2 months
  • Quality control and laboratory      - 3 months
  • Engineering services                     - 3 months  

The minimum times stated are for your guidance but it is important that candidates gain experience in others areas of their respective businesses as this will be advantageous in structuring answers during the examination.  In addition, some experience should be gained at a brewery and a distillery.  If you are a Brewer or Distiller Maltster you must be familiar with the techniques, practices, quality requirements and analytical methods of the Sales Maltster and vice-versa.

It is the Examiners’ experience that candidates who fail generally do so because of a lack of breadth and depth of experience across the whole field of technical malting.

Revision and Training for the Exam

Sponsors should assess and deliver training in areas where the candidates experience is limited.  The candidate and the sponsor must ensure the candidate is aware of the major factors affecting the UK malting industry.

The Award

The Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain will award a certificate to successful candidates.  This qualification will be 'The Malting Diploma’ awarded by the MAGB, and holders are entitled to use the designation Dipl.Malt.  In addition, those candidates achieving a sufficiently high mark in all sections of the examination will be awarded a Pass with Distinction. There may also be a single special award, 'The Walter Hyde Award for Distinction', given at the discretion of the examiners, where there is a candidate who has passed the examination with appropriate distinction.

Queries about Results and Formal Appeals

Drawing up the list of results is the responsibility of the Examination Board (EB) on behalf of The Maltsters Association of Great Britain (MAGB). The EB exercises judgement as to whether or not each candidate has reached the standard required to qualify for the award of a Malting Diploma and this decision is final in that there is no right of appeal to any other body outside MAGB. At each stage of the award process, careful checks are made to ensure that the EB makes decisions on the basis of full and accurate information. Further information can be found by clicking on this sections title.


The final date for registration for the examination is Friday 15th December 2017.  The Registration Form is on the MAGB website for on-line completion and requires input from your sponsor.

Final date for registration

Friday 15th December 2017

Written examinations take place

During the week beginning Monday 19th June 2017

Registration Fees

The registration fee per module of the examination for employees of MAGB members will be £200 plus VAT per candidate. The cost for resitting a failed module will be £200 + VAT. For all other candidates, the registration fee will be £400 per module. The cost for resitting a failed module will be £400 + VAT. Your company will be invoiced once your registration has been accepted.

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