MICRO-CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT
What is the Micro-certificate in Food Safety Management?
This online program includes three flexible micro-courses that will elevate your skills as a quality assurance expert in the food production industry. The courses require approximately 12 hours/week of online learning and synchronous meetings and run for either 3 or 5 weeks.
Why should I enroll?
Are you interested in making food and beverages safe for consumers? Do you want an exciting career in the food industry in B.C.?
The Food Safety Management micro-courses provide you with job-ready skills to meet the high demand for quality assurance experts. 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.
Registration is now open for Internal Auditor Training (course runs May 30-June 30 and is offered by BCIT). See below for more information.
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How does the program work?
Each micro-course is completed from the comfort of home, blending independent online learning with synchronized meetings where students have the opportunity to interact with teachers and subject matter experts. The only exception is Internal Auditor Training where students are required to visit a food production location.
Individual courses must be completed over a specific period (within a 3- or 5-week period), and involve approximately 12 hours/week of online learning in the form of readings, video lectures, and problem sets. The teaching team will schedule a weekly synchronized meeting inviting all course participants to join, giving students the chance to ask questions and hear from industry experts.
Students who successfully complete all three courses will earn a non-credit Micro-certificate in Food Safety Management.
See our Information Session presentation
Learn more about the micro-courses and how they can lead to diverse careers in the industry – view our PowerPoint presentation from our Information Session held on March 16, 2022, led by program manager Dr. Farahnaz Fathordoobady.
Download the presentation, click here.
What qualifications are needed to take these micro-courses?
- Minimum high school diploma
- English proficiency
- Experience in food production industry is not required
- Background in a science or engineering discipline is not required, but can be an asset
If you have questions about qualifications to enroll in the micro-courses, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Offerings – Spring 2022
Note: Fall 2022 dates to be posted shortly.
For those new to food production, this is a foundational course to learn the principles of food science. Students gain an understanding of food chemistry, microbiology and toxicology, and learn how these impact the safe production and storage of food. No prerequisites required.
Students learn the rules governing safety standards in food production in Canada and B.C., including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Program), Food Safe for Canadians Act, the role of Health Canada’s Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), etc. Other topics include manufacturing principles to ensure allergen control, supplier management, and optimal cleaning and sanitation in food production. No prerequisites required; this course is required for Course 3: Internal Auditor Training.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Register at the link below! This course will prepare 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 required standards. The student will learn how to prepare the audit, collect audit evidence, evaluate the audit evidence to determine conformance, write the final audit report and prepare Corrective Action Requests for the management team. Prerequisite for this course: Food Safety Management System Principles, Laws and Regulations.
These micro-courses are co-delivered by two institutions with a strong history of training food production and safety professionals: UBC and the BC Institute of Technology. In addition, UBC and BCIT are partnering with the B.C. food industry to provide an opportunity for students to conduct onsite audit testing.