Part-time Associate Certificate 6340acert

Overview

BCIT’s Food Safety Associate Certificate program has been tailor-made to meet the needs of the food industry. We work with industry services to provide progressive training to our grads so they have the exact skills employers seek. 

This program is for people who are already working in food industry, but are looking for career development, professional growth, and résumé relevancy. Students can complete the certificate or just take courses as they need.

About the program

  • Part-time, associate certificate program that takes two years to complete
  • Blend of online, distance, and on-campus classes provides you with a variety of learning formats 
  • No screening process makes for easy registration and lets you start learning sooner 

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are currently working in the food industry 
  • Are international students seeking a Canadian-recognized certification
  • Want to expand their familiarity of food safety issues in food processing
  • Have no previous education except English proficiency 

Ready to take your career in the food industry to the next level? Visit Program Entry for details on applying.

What grads can do

Our Food Safety grads gain the tools and expertise to take the next step forward in their career. See Graduating and Jobs to find out how.

Program Entry

Program declaration

To determine if the courses you intend to take will be applied towards a credential you must declare your program. This ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete the program as it is currently outlined.

Program declaration enables you to declare a program of study and outline the courses you plan to complete to meet the program requirements. Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit. Upon approval, a confirmation letter will be mailed to you outlining your program of study.

To declare your program, please submit the Part-time Program Declaration form [PDF]. This form is also available at Student Information and Enrolment Services. Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

Costs & Supplies

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses: Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  FOOD 1021 Introduction to Food Microbiology 3.0
  FOOD 1091 Introduction to Food Technology 2.5
  FOOD 1179 HACCP: Prerequisite Programs 2.0
  FOOD 1189 HACCP: Developing a HACCP Plan 2.0
  FOOD 1301 Food Safety for the Plant Worker 1.0
  FOOD 2163 HACCP: Internal Auditing 2.0
 
2. Complete a minimum of 5.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  FOOD 1022 Introduction to Food Microbiology: Lab 1 2.5
  FOOD 1151 Dairy Processing 2.5
  FOOD 1164 Food Product Recalls 0.5
  FOOD 1191 NHP: Supplier Quality Assurance 1.5
  FOOD 1428 Canned Foods: Thermal Processing and Container Evaluation 2.0
  FOOD 1438 Retort Pouch Defect Identification 1.0
  FOOD 1448 Pasteurization Processes: Development and Evaluation 1.5
  FOOD 2040 Introduction to Sensory Evaluation Methods 1.5
  FOOD 2151 Dairy Processing Workshop 2.0
  FOOD 2160 HACCP: Supplier Quality Assurance 1.5
  FOOD 2161 HACCP: Environmental Monitoring 1.5
  FOOD 2162 HACCP: Standard Operating Procedures 1.5
 
3. Complete a minimum of 5.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  CHEM 5000 A Practical Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 2.0
  CHEM 5001 Gas Chromatographic Techniques 2.5
  CHEM 5002 High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Techniques 2.5
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  EENG 7720 Applied Microbiology 1.0
  EENG 7721 Applied Toxicology 1.0
  HRMG 2805 Workplace Health & Safety 3.0
  MKTG 1112 Customer Relations 3.0
  OCHS 2420 Hazardous Materials Management 3.0
  OPMT 1106 Quality Assurance Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 2206 Quality Assurance 2 (Manufacturing) 3.0
  OPMT 1116 Vendor Quality Management 3.0
  OPMT 1142 Introduction to Quality Control Methods 3.0
 
Total Credits: 25.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads move up

Because our program is customized to the food industry, you are able to use your new training directly at your workplace from the start. We prepare you to work more effectively in your existing role and get the skills needed to move your career forward.

Career opportunities

Apply your new skills to your current role by applying your course knowledge and improving quality assurance at your workplace .

BCIT’s Food Safety program gives you the necessary training to appeal to employers and seek higher level positions. Opportunities include:

  • Quality assurance planning 
  • Food process implementation 
  • Food industry management and supervision

Note: This program does not ladder into the Food Technology diploma program.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Dr. Gary Sandberg, Ph.D., CFS
Program Head
604-432-8561
Gary_Sandberg@bcit.ca

Contact Us

Dr. Gary Sandberg, Ph.D., CFS
Program Head
604-432-8561
Gary_Sandberg@bcit.ca

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