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Distance learning programme

Each year UK Flour Millers – the trade association for the UK flour milling industry, runs seven modular courses to provide millers with an essential understanding and underpinning knowledge of the milling industry. The courses are studied by hundreds of students around the world and lead to the Advanced Certificate in Flour Milling.

The modules cover every aspect of flour milling: from wheat to flour; from milling to management. Each module is split up into ‘bite-size’ chunks, to help students learn.

The modules may be studied in any order and in any combination; students are not required to have any previous qualifications. Students are encouraged to study between 1 and 3 modules in their first year (approx 12 hours minimum study time per module).

For each module, students receive the benefits a course textbook each written by trained millers; and will be allocated a tutor, who will comment on their work during the year. The tutors are all experienced in the operation and management of flour mills, providing students with expert assistance in their training. The student’s workplace will need to appoint a mill mentor to support their learning which should help maximise the rewards of their study.

We have prepared a handy checklist and have collated some testimonials for you to look over to see if the programme is right for you or your employees. 


Enrolments are currently closed and will open on 1 June 2021 for study that begins in September 2021 with exams in May 2022. Students are encouraged to study between 1 and 3 modules in their first year (approximate 12 hours minimum study time per module). Course fees vary depending on whether you are a member of UK Flour Millers trade association and where in the world you are based. 


For more information please email us on: info@ukflourmillers.org


If you are considering enrolling one or more of your employees onto one or more of the nabim Flour Milling Distance Learning courses you may wish to consult our handy checklist to decide whether it is right for you...

Are you looking for a cost-effective training tool?

Spread over the study year, the cost of each module is around £12 per week.

Would you like to free up more of your time?

Feedback has shown that by sitting the distance learning programme, students increase their knowledge and understanding which helps them do their job more competently, thereby saving their employer both time and money.

Would you like your employees to be able to do their jobs better?

Feedback has shown that by sitting the distance learning programme, students increase their knowledge and understanding which helps them do their job more competently, thereby saving their employer both time and money.

Are you looking to increase your employees’ theoretical understanding of the milling process?

Each and every one of our modules is written with the aim of increasing our students’ understanding of the milling process. They are not going to get this level of industry-specific training anywhere else.

Do you want a training programme that can be tailored to meet the specific needs or you’re your employee and organisation?

The distance learning programme offers a flexible approach to learning. The modules can be studied in any order and in any combination, thereby allowing you to select the modules most relevant to your needs.

Would you like to offer your employees one-to-one support from an industry expert?

We allocate all students a tutor for each module that they are studying. The tutor has a depth of specialist knowledge and will provide support and advice by way of feedback and marking of coursework assignments.

Would you like your employees to have access to up-to-date information on the milling industry’s processes and procedures?

The subject content is reviewed each year, and the course textbooks are updated on a rotation basis. Each one is reviewed every six year – earlier if the need arises.

Would you like an induction training for employees new to the milling industry?

The nabim distance learning programme is written for and by millers to train and support the next generation of flour millers.

Would you like to offer your employees refresher training?

Studying can update a miller’s understanding, provide fresh motivation and ignite their enthusiasm for milling.

Would you like to enhance your employees’ career prospects?

Studying the flour milling distance learning programme increases knowledge and skills and therefore enhances the career prospects of the alumni.

Exam Results

The pass list for the 2020 flour milling examinations, which took place in September this year, can be downloaded from left hand side of this page.

In the document, candidates will be listed by grade, in alphabetical order of last name.


An asterisk* denotes the top-scoring student in each module; while the hashtag # denotes the top-scoring student from UK Flour Millers member companies.

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Distance learning programme


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Virtual Mill is likely to be inaccessible for several weeks.  This means that all of this month’s revision tutorials are highly unlikely to take place.  If we can find an alternative platform for the tutorials, we will let you know.  In the meantime, students should contact their tutors if they have any particular issues they wish to discuss.


In the meantime, www.flourmillingtraining.com remains active, providing access to many other training resources

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.  We are currently working on a new web-based version of the Virtual Mill and are confident of its launch in time for the 2021-22 course session.


Benefits of flour milling training for managers

"I have found UK Flour Millers's programme a cost-effective and efficient training tool.  It increases my employees' knowledge and understanding, which helps them both do their job competently and play a full role as part of the team and the business as a whole." 

Steven Britton, Head of Business Improvement,

Allied Mills, Manchester