Gin School and Ginner Certification

2020 Ginners School - Dates, Times and Course Offerings

The ginners school will be offered at three locations in 2020. 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 as part of your registration fee. 

Important School Update

Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and the restrictions placed on USDA facilities and now state restrictions that include social distancing, the Western Gin School in Las Cruces, New Mexico has been postponed. The new dates for the Western School are July 28-30.  The Stoneville School will be held as scheduled June 2-4.  Students who were enrolled at the Southwest School may want to consider these two schools as options.


We are sorry for the inconvience that this has caused.  

2020 Gin School Registration is now open!

Explanation - Certified Ginner CE Requirements

2020 Gin School Details

2020 School Dates:

Southwest Ginners School (Canceled)
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
March 30-April 1, 2020 (M-W) July 28-30, 2020 (T-Th) June 2-4, 2020 (T-Th)
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Lubbock, Texas
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Mesilla Park, New Mexico
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Stoneville, Mississippi
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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.  Levels I, II and III are all three-day courses, therefore students enroll for one level per school.  Continuing Education is a two-day course, held the first two days of the ginners school.

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 2020 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 2017, then, to remain in good standing in the program, you will need to complete your twelve CE hours in 2020.  

 ·  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.



Levels I, II, III 

Special Topics/Continuing Education

3 day attendance (each level)

2 day attendance
Continuing Education Course

Certification Exam (Level 3) $50 per student (held on day three)

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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