THE Grain Elevator & Processing Society (GEAPS) has added two specialist credentials to its Credentialing Program with Kansas State University.
A Specialist Credential in Grain Handling Equipment Management and Specialist in Property & Casualty Risk Management are now available, in addition to a previously established Specialist in Grain Quality Management.
The new credential tracks are available to students who have completed the base Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM) and give companies an additional way to train employees and identify motivated individuals.
"To remain competitive, firms will need individuals with defined skill sets that cannot be assumed to exist based on tenure alone. The specialist credential courses demonstrate GEAPS's continued commitment to serving as the knowledge resource for the grain industry," said William Pickell, a member of the GEAPS Distance Education Program Oversight Committee, which developed the new tracks.
The specialist credentials consist of four courses each. The grain handling equipment credential includes two courses on material handling and two courses on maintenance; the property and casualty risk management credential includes courses on safety culture, electrical safety, dust explosions and grain entrapment.
GEAPS said professionals in grain operations and related fields can benefit from these new tracks to advance their careers and to supplement their CGOM.
Completion of the CGOM plus three specialist credentials earns students a Master's Level Credential.