Professional Cheese Making

About the Program

This program will teach the practical and scientific knowledge needed to understand small-scale artisanal cheese production as well as larger scale manufacturing. It offers a whole system perspective on cheese making, from animal husbandry and welfare, forage and feed, dairy production, and milk quality. The program covers both the science and art of cheese making by exploring raw and pasteurized milk theory, cheese microbiology, coagulants, curdling mechanisms, and starters. In-classroom theory sessions as well as hands-on and observational cheese making, will focus on the production of lactic, hard, soft, and traditional cheeses. After learning to make cheeses, focus shifts to affinage, with attention to ripening cultures, climate control, rind treatment, and handling throughout the aging process.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Waterloo - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Waterloo
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

* Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Professional Cheese Making - Program # 1450

Waterloo - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Program Supply Fee $375.00 $375.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2400.00 $2077.00
Year Total   $4477.00

International Fees


Professional Cheese Making - Program # 1450


Waterloo - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Program Supply Fee $375.00 $375.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $8177.00 $7354.00
Year Total   $15531.00

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

Graduates of this program will be qualified for positions in process control and operations in dairy processing and middle management in food and beverage processing, specifically in cheese manufacturing, evaluation, buying and artisanal production.

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

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 (1450)
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: 42
Credits: 3
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
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FOOD1560 Introduction to Cheese and History

Description: This course will introduce to the students the origins and history of cheese from the old world to the new world. The students will be familiarized with some varieties of cheese and tasting.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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FOOD1570 Introduction to Cheese Making and Process

Description: This hands-on course will introduce the principle of cheese making and the various process steps from milk receiving to packaging.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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FOOD1580 Applied Dairy Chemistry

Description: The student will be initiated to the concept of chemistry as applied to milk and dairy products. The topics covered will relate to the milk composition, pH, acidity and quality control when receiving raw milk. The composition analysis of milk and dairy product will be covered.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FOOD1590 Starter Cultures, Coagulants and Other Ingredients

Description: This course will expose the fundamentals of various dairy starters and their functionalities. The students will understand coagulant and other ingredients used during the various cheese manufacturing from hard cheese to soft cheese. Other topics will include the production of in house starter and "Direct Vat Set" starter cultures. The students will be exposed to the understanding of the development of phages produced by starter cultures and how to control them in a cheese manufacturing plant.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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FOOD1600 Cheese Technology

Description: This course will cover all aspects of cheese production. The technology and process of various type of cheese will be coved in class setting as well as in the pilot cheese processing facility.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FOOD1610 Advanced Food Safety Training, Sanitation and WHMIS

Description: This course will enable the students to develop the habits needed for the preventive measure in hygiene, health and safety required in the food industry. Students will identify contamination sources, potential accident hazard in order to put in place corrective solution. Also the students will be required to obtain the WHMIS certification.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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FOOD1620 Milk Pasturization and Process Control

Description: The students will learn how to operate the cheese production process units in particular the milk pasteurizer and its process control unit. The students will apply the operation of all process units for various cheese manufacturing. Some of these processes include milk separators, homogenizer, pasteurization, sterilization, cheese vat operation, molding and packaging.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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FOOD1630 Cheese Sensory Evaluation

Description: This course will enable the students to learn various methods for cheese and dairy products sensory evaluation, such as flavor, smell, color, texture. It will enable students to analyse and interpret the sensory evaluation of cheese that is required for cheese grading and cheese defects.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
FOOD1640 Mechanization of Cheese Making Technology

Description: The students will be exposed to the industrial mechanization of the modern production of cheese. The students will explore the new technology of cheese production for the 21st century and beyond in one of the modern and ''state of art" cheese factories.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FOOD1650 Fundamentals of Cheese Grading and Quality

Description: This course will cover the principles and practices used in grading natural cheeses. The students will learn the fundamentals of the assessment of cheese quality. The course will be structured around the cheese grading standards covered by Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Cheeses used in the grading lab sessions will be selected to show the majority of flavor, body, texture, color and appearance defects.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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FOOD1660 Methods of Cheese Aging

Description: This course will focus on the various methods of aging, curing and ripening of various type of cheeses from hard, semi hard and soft cheeses. The students will learn the methods, processes and controls to obtain quality cured, ripened and aged cheese for the consumers.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FOOD1670 Whey, Whey Utilization, Water and Waste Management

Description: This course will explore the importance of whey in a cheese manufacturing plant and its utilization. The students will be able to explain the main steps in water and waste management and treatment as important to cheese processing operations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FOOD1680 Applied Dairy Microbiology

Description: This course will enable the students to gain some knowledge in micro-organisms in food (bacteria, yeast, mold and virus).The course will focus on dairy microbiology, the micro-organisms found in milk and their role in milk alteration, spoilage as well as their beneficial effect in cheese manufacturing. The students will apply laboratory methods of sampling, detection and enumeration of these micro-organisms associated with milk and cheese.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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HRM1410 Leadership and Human Resources

Description: In this course the students will learn the roles, the responsibility and notions of human resources. He will learn useful tools to supervise employees like talent management. The students will explore some simulation on how to manage complaints, work relationship in a workforce in constant evolutions.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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MKT1520 Marketing, Merchandizing and Promotion

Description: This course will enable the students to familiarize with basis concept of marketing. The students will understand the customer position and how marketing will contribute to economic system.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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Program Outcomes

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