After completing module 3 (5) of the technology course, the student (under mentorship) should spend a further six months in a programme relieving the shift miller where the theory and practical components are applied in experiential “on-the-job” learning.
Once the mentor (experienced miller/mill manager) is satisfied that the student is competent in all the aspects of milling technology, he can apply to the Course Administrator to have the student Trade Tested.
The Course Administrator will arrange a suitable date for the practical Trade Test that will take ± two days per student and be conducted by one of the SAGMA Trade Test examiners.
Wheat and maize technology courses are not interchangeable, i.e. the maize technology course will, for example, only give the student access to the practical trade test for maize milling.
The practical Trade Test will be conducted in the mill where the students have undergone their training. The student will be issued, well in advance of the actual Trade Test date, with detailed information on the examiner’s topics to test their competency.
A minimum of 70% per section must be obtained to qualify for the certificate.