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Whilst individual companies compete strongly for business in the market place, there has been a history since 1827 of cooperation in non-competitive areas. One example of this has been the development of standards of excellence in malting proficiency.

In 1981 the MAGB held the first Malting Diploma examination for the malting industry, open to senior technical maltsters with a minimum of 3 years malting experience. This was the first such award in the malting world, and has attracted candidates from outside the UK for several years.

In 2010 two levels of examination were introduced – the Malting Diploma and the Master Maltster.

Malting Diploma – 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. Experience prior to entry is necessary to acquire a basic theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of malting.

Master Maltster – This prestigious qualification is for experienced maltsters with extensive practical and technical experience in all areas of malting (minimum of 2 years). It involves the execution of an industrial project and the submission of a detailed project report, plus an oral examination and case study.

Fundamentals in Malting – available to MAGB members only. This is a workbook based qualification. Once registered the candidate will receive a workbook listing a number of task based questions designed to involve them in largely practical, work based activities that will enable them to construct the answers required.

There are also various training opportunities available to help candidates increase their knowledge and understanding of different aspects of the malting processes all included in this comprehensive Training Opportunities Programme.