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Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Food Processing

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1446
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

The Food Safety and Quality Assurance program is a two-semester full-time graduate certificate program designed for students having a previous degree or diploma in science, food or engineering, and who want to be prepared for a career in the food processing industry in the area of food safety. The program offers a suite of courses designed to enhance skills and knowledge gained in previous education stages for direct applicability in the food processing environment with respect to food safety and quality assurance. The Food Safety and Quality Assurance program is unique in Ontario because students apply their learning in Conestoga's pilot plant facility, enabling learners to incorporate theoretical knowledge in quality assurance and food safety to the practical environment of food manufacturing. Upon completion, graduates will have practical experience in food safety applications in the industrial processing environment, a strong understanding of Canadian and international food safety regulations, and knowledge of the inter-dependence between cleaning and sanitation principles, food safety concepts and quality assurance and quality control elements typical of the food processing sector.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at ifpt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Cambridge - September/2016 (Open) - Fall | Winter
         Cambridge - January/2017 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September, January
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Food Processing - Program # 1446

Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2360.00 $2360.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $3146.25 $2860.25
Year Total   $6006.50
Cambridge - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-03)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2360.00 $2360.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $3051.87 $2860.25
Year Total   $5912.12
Cambridge - Spring 2016 Level 2 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Spring 2016
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2250.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $2739.71
Year Total $5718.82

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Food Processing - Program # 1446



Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Cambridge - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-03)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7126.75 $6725.25
Year Total   $13852.00
Cambridge - Spring 2016 Level 2 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Spring 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $6614.71
Year Total $13630.92

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Students graduate with the skills and hands-on experience necessary to develop, implement and monitor food safety and quality assurance systems in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Typical positions for graduates of this program include food safety supervisors, HACCP co-ordinators, quality assurance and control technicians. In addition to these, career path opportunities include food safety manager, quality assurance manager and industry consultant.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8020 Principles of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Description: This course will introduce the student to food safety hazards, their negative impact on the food industry and the benefits of developing strong food safety control programs to assure safe food production. This course provides in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts of food safety, Prerequisite Programs (PRP's or Good Manufacturing Practices, GMP's) and how they assist in controlling the likelihood of introducing food safety hazards to the food product through the work environment and operational practices. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required to enable them to establish and implement Prerequisite Programs. This course will provide a strong foundation for the later studies in hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), and other globally recognized food safety management systems. This course provides in-depth coverage of the basics of food safety according to the Food Safety Enhancement Program (CFIA), Codex Alimentarius Basic Texts (WHO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative. Students will be introduced to the resources necessary to enable them to customize prerequisite programs (PRP's) to meet industry specific requirements and regulations and industry best practices. The learner will be introduced to the skills required to identify, document and communicate food safety responsibilities for different job categories and the need for involvement and interactions between departments in a food organization (i.e. production management, maintenance, engineering, sanitation, product development, quality control, marketing, sales, production employees).
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8030 Food Chemistry

Description: This course will provide the learner with current understanding of the fundamental relationship between molecular structure and function for food proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and other food ingredients. It provides knowledge about how chemical systems behave in order to better control them to improve the quality, nutritional value, safety and presentation of food across the manufacturing chain from ingredients to manufacturing and storage. Lectures, laboratories and assignments will help the learner gain in-depth understanding of chemical and bio-chemical phenomena specific to the food processing industry.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8040 Food Microbiology

Description: This course combines lecture and hands on work in the laboratory and food manufacturing pilot plant facility. This course provides knowledge of the characteristics of common microorganisms of concern in the food industry, which will build a strong foundational knowledge to assist the students for later studies in conducting hazard analysis and risk assessments in developing HACCP plans. This course will also familiarize the learner with key information required to plan the design for construction of a food safety laboratory; purchase equipment; reagents and tools; develop documented procedures and microbiological food sampling plans for in-house testing for the food manufacturing industry. This course offers ample time for participants to develop the skills to become competent at a variety of microbiological food testing and environmental swabbing methods (e.g. Total Aerobic Plate Count, Coliform Plate Count, E. coli, ATP testing), which are commonly applied in an in-house food manufacturing lab. Participants will learn how to choose an independent accredited laboratory and how to send out food and swab samples for tests that are not performed in-house. Participants will become familiar with microbiological testing protocols to meet regulatory requirements and industry best practices for the food industry.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8050 Quality Assurance Management Systems

Description: This course will provide the students with practical knowledge and experience in food quality management systems. Through case scenarios, product evaluations and audit examples complemented with theory sessions, students will learn the regulations and standards including enforcement through various audits. Students will be able to develop Standard Operating Procedures, product specifications, with an emphasis on process controls and techniques to minimize variation. Quality programs will be explored with a focus on product compliance from Supplier to customer. Methods of detecting issues, correcting them, and developing an effective Quality system tools will be explored from a theoretical and practical point of view.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8060 Cleaning and Sanitation

Description: This course will give students an in-depth knowledge of effective Cleaning and Sanitation practices in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Specific methods for determining soils and choosing the best chemical agents for treatment and elimination, main causes of environmental cleanliness failure and the science base for choosing the most effective ways to perform and evaluate sanitary conditions will be presented. Proper use of and safe handling of chemicals, along with overall safety in sanitation will be practiced throughout the course. Methods of detection and correction will be explored from both a practical and theoretical point of view. Students will be assigned sanitation tasks and will use the knowledge gained to test various cleaning agents and different techniques to determine their efficacy by means of on-site inspections, microbiological and ATP swabbing on actual food manufacturing lines. Assignments will include the creation of a Master Sanitation Schedule for the pilot plant and SSOPs for the equipment
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
FOOD8070 Canadian and International Food Safety Law and Regulations

Description: This course will provide the learners with tools useful for understanding food laws and regulations. The food laws of various countries and regions are studied, with particular emphasis on laws that apply in Canada, the U.S and Europe. Some of the current topics cover the regulation of food safety, the impact of genetic modification of food on regulations, rules about additives, liability for adulterated products, labelling regulations and other issues of concern
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8080 Food Safety Management Systems and Traceability

Description: Food safety management systems provide a framework for effectively managing the safety of the food supply chain. In this course students learn the components of food safety management systems, such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), using multiple perspectives (such as the Canadian food inspection agency, World Health Organization, Global Food Safety Initiative, the FDA, USDA and others). In-depth knowledge of the process used to develop, implement and maintain a food safety system is provided to the learners using lectures and group work. Emphasis is placed on approaches to traceability systems in different industry sectors.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8090 Food Safety Project

Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge gained through courses in program such as HACCP and the Global Food Safety Initiative (SQF and BRC certification programs). The students will develop and perform project work for a real food safety system in the IFPT pilot plant. This work will include developing a Safe Quality Food (SQF) program which includes the following: develop documented prerequisite programs, standard operating procedures, flow diagrams, hazard and risk assessments, validation studies, HACCP Plans, SQF Policies, records, work instructions (posters, SOP's).
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8100 Good Agricultural Practices

Description: This course provides the learner with detailed knowledge of food safety principles as they apply on a farm setting. Similarities and differences between practices specific to agricultural operations and further processing activities are discussed. The course is based on the Canada GAP body of knowledge, and it makes references to other GAP practices world-wide. Through lectures, workshops and field trips, students study real-life examples and application of these practices in Ontario.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD8110 Food Safety Applications in the Processing Environment

Description: This practical course will provide the learner with ample opportunity to apply the knowledge developed in the previous courses to the Pilot Plant environment. Students will practice environmental sampling and testing, collection and processing of specific product, water and air samples as well as in-depth assessment of the cleaning and sanitation effectiveness.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MGMT1080 Fundamentals Of Project Management

Description: This course will interest those who have the goal of attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation certified by the Project Management Institute. Providing the practical knowledge to prepare projects successfully, this course will teach how the areas of the PMBOK® Guide are applied in a project's life cycle.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Cambridge Open
JAN, 2017 Cambridge Open
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