Schools Training

How to Choose a School for Food Quality Training

30 APR 2012
Career Path : Food Safety and Quality

Food quality training is a noble path to pursue. But on what basis should you be evaluating your potential schools? Here are some pointers.

1. Are the facilities at your potential food quality training school fully equipped?

For example, does it have onsite laboratories for students of food quality training featuring:

  • microscopes
  • incubators
  • autoclaves
  • pH metres
  • autotitratos
  • HPLCs
  • Hardness testers

2. Do the teachers at your food quality training have extensive experience in the industry? You want to be sure that your teachers are up to date on the latest quality standards and quality management procedures. You want to be sure that they can speak with confidence and knowledge about the latest in food safety issues.

3. Will your food quality training school provide you with reference materials that you can refer to throughout your career in quality assurance and quality control? A manual to take home can be indispensable as you go out into the world to conduct your own food safety audits.

4. Does the school offer refresher courses for its food quality training graduates to respond to changes in standards and practices? It is good practice, especially where food safety is concerned, to brush up on our food safety skills from time to time. Knowing that your alma mater is available to you can be reassuring.

5. Does the school offer a wide variety of courses on such food quality training subjects as:

  • hygiene in food plants
  • food safety for plant managers
  • food safety and product labeling
  • pest management in the food industry
  • handling food safety complaints
  • internal food safety audits
  • fundamental food microbiology
  • Listeria prevention

6. Does your food quality training offer an overview of the provincial, national and international regulations that will affect your work, for instance, Canadian food laws, health claims and labeling, American labeling laws.

7. Does your food quality training offer extra information, for example, on how to use less energy in plant kitchens? Can you learn about food science, shelf life and food processing? These may look attractive on your CV and increase your credibility with your current or future employers.

8. Does your food quality training offer information on packaging? Or on managing allergens in commercial kitchens? Depending on where you are hoping that your career will take you, these may be crucial pieces of information to have.

9. Will your food quality training give you an opportunity to discover high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)? Courses like these may be just what you need.

There are just some of the questions, specific to food quality training, that you should ask yourself before committing to a school.