The course is divided into a six-month correspondence course and a six-month main course.
The correspondence course imparts the basic knowledge that is required for optimal preparation for the main course. Students can acquire the knowledge in individual subject groups at home beside their regular jobs. The necessary materials will be sent to them by the school. Students have to reply to questions in the various subject areas. The answers will be rated and included in the final rating.
The time required for the correspondence course is about six to ten hours a week, depending on a student's prior knowledge.
The six-month main course is held at the Swiss School of Milling in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Building upon the subject matter treated in the correspondence course, knowledge of the individual subjects is expanded in the main course. During the main course, four afternoons of practical training will be held weekly to support classroom work. They include practical exercises in the laboratories and in the modern school mill. This will ensure high relevance of training to practice.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a diploma certifying them as "Milling Technologist SMS".
The course fee for the correspondence and main course is CHF 18'000.- (CHF 4'000.- Registration Fee, CHF 14'000.- Main Fee).
After receiving the registration fee of CHF 4'000.- the participant is definitely registered for the course.
The course costs include:
- School documentation
- Field trips
- The cost of various events
Not included in the course fee are:
- Residence permit
- Accommodation fee
- Insurance coverage
- Living cost and pocket money
The course is designed for people who have either completed a milling apprenticeship, or who have another technical training background, or a university degree plus adequate practical experience in flour milling (see terms of admission).
Length of course and training
The correspondence course starts every year early January and lasts to the end of June of the same year. The main course starts mid-August and lasts up to the end of February of the subsequent year. Classes at the school are from Monday until Friday, from 8 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. and from 1.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. If required, classes may be extended to 6 p.m.
Withdrawing from the course
A withdrawal from the registration for the course is possible, before the correspondence course has started. Within this period the registration fee, apart of CHF 500.- administration fee, will be refunded. In case of withdrawal from the registration after the start of the correspondence course, the registration fee will not be refunded. (For more details ask for the “school regulation”)