Kansas State University Department of
Grain Science and Industry
GEAPS/Kansas State University Distance Education Oversight Committee
For the first time, professionals in grain handling operations and related fields can advance their careers, improve their job skills and help their employers by earning formal credentials. The GEAPS/K-State CredentialIng Program offers logical, structured ways to continue learning, and leads to real-world application, achievement and recognition.
The program also for the first time provides a career track in grain operations for young people considering their futures. They’ll be able to follow the track to job opportunities and rewarding, interesting careers. Companies seeking qualified young people will eventually have a new pool of prospects — motivated and educated candidates who have deliberately pursued grain operations training through the GEAPS/K-State Credentialing Program.
Credentials offered in:
- Grain Operations Management
- Specialist credentials in key areas of grain operations management
(A master’s level credential will be offered later.)
Recognized by industry and academia
The Credentialing Program was developed after more than two years of deliberation by leaders at Kansas State University and GEAPS members — professionals in the grain operations industry.
For both companies and individuals
- Offer organized, real-world training to new or experienced employees
- Improve employee knowledge and performance
- Supplement and enhance in-house training
- Reduce training costs
- Foster individual initiative
- Offer meaningful opportunities to their employees
- Advance their professional knowledge and job skills
- Improve their performance at work
- Gain recognition for achievement and initiative
- Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace
- Earn college-level continuing education units
Via distance education
The credentials are obtained by completing organized series of peer-reviewed, online, distance education courses developed by GEAPS and Kansas State University. No travel is required.
Continuing education, lifelong learning
To retain credentials, participants must earn one additional Continuing Education Unit within three years from the date they became credentialed. The goal is to help keep industry professionals up to speed with innovations and changing standards, and to encourage lifelong learning.
To obtain a CEU, those holding credentials may:
- Complete one additional 10-hour distance education course, or,
- Starting in March 2014, participate in other pre-authorized educational programs, including the GEAPS Exchange, GEAPS chapter programs, programs offered by other organizations, companies or universities.
The Grain Operations Management Credential
To obtain the Grain Operations Management Credential, students must complete the following six peer-reviewed distance education courses. The courses are:
- GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations (still in production)
- GEAPS 510: Grain Facilities Planning and Design I
- GEAPS 520: Quality Grain Management
- GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations
- GEAPS 540: Safety Management for Grain and Processing Facilities
- GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I
Students who have already completed one or more of these courses automatically receive credit toward the Grain Operations Management Credential.
The Specialist Credentials
To obtain a Specialist Credential, students must complete the Grain Operations Management Credential (six required courses) plus any four additional courses in the same specialty track. (Ten courses total). The specialist tracks currently available and courses available in each are:
Specialist in Grain Quality Management
- GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management
- GEAPS 522: FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation
- GEAPS 524: Grain Drying
- GEAPS 525: Management of Insect Pests in Stored Grain
Specialist in Grain Handling Equipment Management
- GEAPS 551: Materials Handling II
- GEAPS 552: Materials Handling III
- GEAPS 543: Elevator Equipment Maintenance: An Inside Look at Key Components
Other specialty tracks and courses will be phased as the program continues to grow.
Master’s Level Credential (to be offered later)
To obtain a Master’s Level Credential, students must complete the requirements of the Grain Operations Credential plus three specialty tracks. (18 courses total)
For more information about the GEAPS/K-State Credentialing Program, contact Chuck House, GEAPS director of professional development and continuing education at (952) 928-4640; email@example.com; or Brandi Miller, Kansas State University distance education programs coordinator at (785) 532-4053; firstname.lastname@example.org.