MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. Registration is now open for three grain handling operations courses and two grain processing courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (KSU) Distance Education Program. The online courses run from Sept. 12-Oct. 14, and registration closes Sept. 6. Courses are open to anyone, even if they are not a GEAPS member or a student enrolled at KSU. Online registration and more information on individual courses are available on the GEAPS/KSU Distance Education Program website.


GEAPS 501: Management Basics for Grain Facility Supervisors

This course will provide an extensive overview of the main duties, responsibilities and expectations of grain operations supervisors and managers. It will cover essential duties, topics and roles supervisors and managers need to understand, and why they are important.


GEAPS 524: Grain Drying

The course covers basic principles of grain drying, with strategies for improving energy efficiency. This course is recommended for anyone from facility operators to dryer manufacturers and sales staff. This course is being offered for both the grain handling and grain processing focuses.


GEAPS 540: Entry Level Safety

Lectures identify the main risks of working in the industry, discuss precautions and emphasize the need to learn and follow company and facility safety and health policies. This course is a resource for new grain industry workers, but also serves as a safety refresher for more experienced employees.


GEAPS 620: Grain Receiving, Cleaning and Conditioning
This course teaches students the basic principles of milling by covering each step of the milling process in detail. The first half of the course covers grain receiving, handling, storage and blending. The second half focuses on grain separation and cleaning, and the differences between grain conditioning and tempering. This course will help students identify the equipment used in the milling process and apply that knowledge in practical situations.

GEAPS 500 and GEAPS 540 are two of six courses required to earn the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM). The CGOM is the first formal credential in the grain industry, and may be augmented with specialist credentials in Grain Quality Management, Grain Handling Equipment Management and Property and Casualty Risk Management. Completion of GEAPS 524 counts toward the specialist credential in Grain Quality Management. Anyone who completes the CGOM and all three specialist credentials earns the Master Credential in Grain Operations Management (MCGOM), the highest certification available in the industry.


Tuition for GEAPS/KSU continuing education courses is $670 for GEAPS members and $850 for non-members. For more information about the courses or to register, visit the GEAPS website, contact Katya Morrell at [email protected] or call 763.999.4300.


One course on grain processing, GEAPS 620: Grain Receiving, Cleaning and Conditioning, is also available in September.