Gin Equipment

Gin School and Ginner Certification

2018 Ginners School - Dates, Times and Course Offerings

The ginners school will be offered at three locations in 2018. Cooperators for the school include USDA-ARS, National Cotton Ginners' Association and its member associations, National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, gin machinery/equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and select land grant universities. 

Please note that the Gin Schools are for the exclusive use of the U.S. cotton ginning industryAll courses are offered in English only.  Registration and classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and end each day at 5:00 p.m.  Lunch is served each day at the school and is included in your registration. 

The last day to register for the Stoneville School - May 28. 

Explanation - Certified Ginner CE Requirements

Gin School Registration

2018 Gin School Details

2018 School Dates:

Southwest Ginners School
South Plains Ginning Laboratory
Lubbock, Texas
Western Ginners School
SW Ginning Research Laboratory
Mesilla Park, New Mexico
Stoneville Ginners School
USDA Ginning Research Laboratory
Stoneville, Mississippi

April 2-4, 2018 (M-W)


May 1-3, 2018 (T-Th)


June 5-7, 2018 (T-Th)


Area Map of
Lubbock, Texas

Area Map of
Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Area Map of
Stoneville, Mississippi
Hotel Information

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Course Descriptions


Each level of ginners school coursework is built on the previous level of instruction, with Level I as the foundation. Therefore, the school’s coordinators strongly recommend that beginning students, regardless of gin experience, start with Level I.

Level I

Introduction to Cotton Ginning and Ginning Demonstration
Basic Gin Safety
Basic Hydraulics
Air Utilization
Electricity in the Gin
Maintenance and Adjustment for Seed Cotton Cleaners, Gin Stands and Lint Cleaners
Maintenance of Auxiliary Components
Classing Cotton
Moisture Measurement
Review of the Cotton Industry
Waste Collection and Disposal

 Level II

Purpose and Operating Principles of Individual Gin Machines
Efficient Operation, Adjustment, and Maintenance of Gin Equipment
Pneumatics and Waste Collection
Electrical Systems
Hydraulic Systems
Gin Safety
Management Tips
Roller Ginning (at the Western School only)

Level III

Review of Functions of a Ginning System
Electrical Systems
Air Systems in the Gin
Drying and Moisture Restoration Systems
Matching Machinery Capacities in the System
Seed Cotton Unloading Systems and
Management of Seed Cotton Handling Systems
Bale Presses and Hydraulic Systems
Safety Programs and Labor Regulations
Cottonseed Handling Systems
Roller Ginning (at the Western School only)

The 2018 Continuing Education schedule is being developed and is different for each of the three schools.

This course will serve as the Continuing Education Course for the certified ginner program.

Please note, to maintain your certification, you must complete twelve hours of continuing education (CE) credits over a three-year period.  For example, if you received your certification in 2015, then, to remain in good standing in the program, you will need to complete your twelve CE hours in 2018.  

 ·  Continuing education course work (CE) will be offered each year in conjunction with the annual ginner’s schools.  Each hour of participation at the NCGA sponsored CE course work will receive one credit hour.

·  Beltwide Cotton Ginners Conference participation provides one hour credit for each hour of participation.

·  Re-taking ginner’s school course work (levels I-III) will also provide CE credit.

·  Participation in local association schools, workshops, seminars, and tradeshows may be eligible for CE credit. An agenda and participation form must be submitted to National Cotton Ginners’ Associations.  Upon review, any CE credit hour(s) will be assigned to the participant. 

You can contact Jana Jackins ( or 901-274-9030) if you have questions.


Registration Fees

Levels I, II, III and Special Topics/Continuing Education

$175 per student(3 day attendance)

$175 per student (2 day
Continuing Education Course)

Certification Exam $50 per student

NEW - Registration fees can be paid online using credit card or by check.

Our Association’s refund policy: Cancellations must be made one week in advance of school to receive refund.

Additional Information

If there are questions about any aspect of the school, call:

All Schools Harrison Ashley or
Jana Jackins
National Cotton Ginners' Association
Southwest School Greg Holt South Plains Ginning Laboratory
Stoneville School Jana Jackins National Cotton Ginners' Association
Western School Derek Whitelock Southwest Cotton Ginning Laboratory





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