This course prepares food plant personnel to perform internal audits to determine if the food manufacturer’s food safety and quality program is being implemented such that it effectively meets the required food safety standards.
Across B.C., there are 2500 companies making value-added protein, dairy, fruit and vegetable products; condiments; baked goods; and beverages such as wine, beer, and soft drinks. There is a growing need for well-trained food safety professionals who work in-house, as consultants or external auditors.
The Food Safety Management micro-courses provide you with professional skills and knowledge to enhance your career. You will gain important competencies needed to assist food manufacturing, food distributors and food service outlets with their comprehensive food safety and quality programs.
Current Course Offerings
Students need to complete three UBC courses and one BCIT course to obtain a program certificate:
- UBC Courses: Fundamentals of Food Science for Professionals (FoodCert010), Food Safety Management Principles, Laws and Regulations (FoodCert020), Designing and Implementing a Traceability Program (FoodCert030)
- BCIT course: BCIT Internal Auditor Training course (FOOD2170)
The Internal Auditor Training badge is the fourth course of a Micro-Certificate in Food Safety Management jointly offered by UBC and BCIT. You will receive 24 hours of synchronous and asynchronous online learning after which you will perform an internal audit at a participating food production site in BC.
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What qualifications are needed to take these micro-courses?
- Degree, diploma, or certification in science or food science
- OR At least two years of experience in food industry or services
What is the Micro-certificate in Food Safety Management?
This online program includes flexible micro-courses that will elevate your knowledge and skills as a member of a quality assurance team in the food production industry. Each course requires a commitment of approximately 12 hours a week (a combination of online learning and synchronous meetings), and runs for 4-6 weeks.
Courses involve online readings, video lectures, and problem sets. As needed, synchronized meetings may be arranged so that learners may have a chance to ask questions and hear from industry experts. Specifically, the Internal Auditor Training course requires students to perform an internal audit at a food production location to gain important hands-on experience.
Students who successfully complete all three UBC courses and one BCIT course will earn a non-credit Micro-certificate in Food Safety Management issued by both UBC and BCIT.
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