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.
This program qualifies for the StrongerBC future skills grant. This grant is open for British Columbians aged 19+, and covers up to $3,500 of training at public post-secondary institutions. Read more about the overall program on the StrongerBC site.
Apply for the Stronger BC future skills grant here.
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
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.?
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.
Possible careers in food safety management:
- Government Health Inspection Officer
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control Technician
- Continuous Improvement Manager
- Food Safety Specialist
- Internal Auditor in a food processing facility
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 (FoodCer020), Designing and Implementing a Traceability Program (FoodCert030)
- BCIT course: BCIT Internal Auditor Training course (FOOD2170)
If you have any questions about the Food Safety Management Micro-certificate Program, you can email: email@example.com.
For those who are new to the food industry or who want to upgrade their knowledge on safe food production, this is a foundational course. Students will learn the principles of food science and how the Canadian food system works. Topics include food processing and production principles and technologies commonly employed in the Canadian food industry to produce safe and high-quality products. In addition, students will gain an understanding of food chemistry, microbiology and toxicology, and learn how these impact the safe production and storage of food. No prerequisites required.
Course begins in Sept. 2023. Register at the link below.
Students learn the rules governing safety standards in food production in Canada and B.C., including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Program), Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR), and the role of Health Canada’s Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Also students will learn about the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Using a case study approach, students develop a food safety plan that meets the needs of the food processor as it grows from a small entrepreneur using a shared kitchen to a large company with national distribution. 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 BCIT course: Internal Auditor Training.
Course begins in Oct. 2023. Register at the link below.
Learn how to design, develop and implement traceability procedures from ingredient, packaging materials and processing aids receiving to finished product distribution. Learn how to validate your traceability procedures.
Course begins in Nov. 2023. 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 Principles, Laws and Regulations.
Course details: www.bcit.ca/courses/internal-auditor-training-food-2170/
Register at the link below.
Lila, Spring 2022 Cohort
I felt a bit challenged because of my computer skills but the teacher was excellent. He helped me as much as he could and spent time with me on a zoom call. The learning materials were very well laid out and easy to follow. With not ever taking an online course before it took me a bit to figure out my way around but I believe for the people that are more experienced with the on-line courses would have found it very well laid out. I really enjoyed the weekly zoom meetings and getting to know the other students in the class. I feel my overall experience was really good. The teacher made himself available to everyone and was easy to get along with and very well informed.
Carina, Spring 2023 Cohort
The course design is very rigorous, and you can have a very good systematic study of food basic science, food safety management and food laws and regulations in a short period of time. At the same time, I was very glad to have the opportunity to meet several excellent teachers during the study. They are professional, enthusiastic, dedicated, and pay attention to the learning needs of each student. It was a challenging and fun learning experience.
Listen to our Information Session held Aug. 24, 2023
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.