Diploma of Food Safety and Quality
This program will provide students Knowledge of Regulatory Affairs & Labelling, nutritional analysis for both CFIA and USDA, GMP, SOP, GLP, various food processing technology. Students will also learn the basic knowledge of food chemistry, food analysis, food microbiology, food development.
All the students can practice in the lab to get hands-on knowledge of general methods of chemical, physical tests such as moisture, color, fat, ash, protein, etc. After studying this course you do not only have theory but also have practical knowledge.
Program Length 28 weeks (560 hours) instructor-led full time training
Applicant must have Grade 12 level or a university degree or a Science college diploma and demonstrated competency in English.
List of subjects
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that program requirements and subject prerequisites are met. Prerequisites are included for student’s academic protection.
Diploma is issued after the completion of program.
Occupation NOC Code
Quality control technician –food processing (2211), this is an occupation under Skills Matrix B in the NOC code
Career OpportunitiesFood processing is a huge industry. It affects every person and related to many areas. There are a lot of job opportunities. This program covers the whole procedure of food processing. After students finished this program they will apply for the position in any of these industries:
• Food products industry
• Federal and provincial governments
• Food transportation company
• Food retail store
• Meat industry
• Beverage industry
• Food and Nutrition research laboratories
• Environmental Laboratories
• Food products inspector
• Product tester – food and beverage processing
• HACCP Coordinator
• Food technician
• Food technologist
• Food tester
• Forensic examiner, alcohol
• formulation technician
• Gas chromatographer
• Laboratory assistant
• Laboratory technician, biochemistry
• Process laboratory operator
• Quality control technician - food processing
• Quality control technologist - food processing
• Technician, biochemistry
• Technician, food
• Technologist, biochemistry
• Technologist, food
• Technologist, industrial hygiene
• Test analyst, titanium pigments
• Water purification technician
• Restaurant inspector
• Public health inspector
• Pollution control inspector
• Hazarder waste inspector
• Health and safety officer
Duties and Responsibilities
• Take samples of products at various stages of food processing.
• Examine ingredients or finished products to ensure conformance to company standards.
• Perform testing for all incoming raw materials/Finished Goods.
• Maintain a well-organized laboratory environment.
• Issue, update and file QA paper work including COA's, product specifications, product ingredient listings, nutritional information.
• Review and maintain regulations of Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
• Maintain and update HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program.
• Provide training of Good Manufacturing Practice for Food Production Employees.
• Create written quality control standards for all products (Standard Operating Procedures) including establishing regular testing parameters on raw materials through finished goods.
• Facilitate and monitor Non Conformance Requests.
• Conduct internal GMP audits, process audits as required.
• Deal with regulatory audit, and follow up and issuing of corrective actions based on deviations found.
• Verify process procedures to ensure compliance of finished product and raw materials to established specifications.
• Assist and organize test run of new product
Skills/Experience Required (Employer Requirements)
• Knowledge of Regulatory Affairs & Labeling
• Knowledge of nutritional analysis for both CFIA and USDA
• Knowledge of GMP's and SOP's, GLP, and microbiology functions
• Knowledge of various food processing such as baking, meat and its products, milk and its products.
• Understand basic knowledge of food chemistry, food analysis, food microbiology, food development
• Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice, Hands-on knowledge of general methods of chemical physical tests such as moisture, color, fat, ash, protein, etc.
• Skill of basic food microbiological test such as Total Plate Count, ATP Swab Test, etc.
• Knowledge of good manufacturing procedures (GMP), Audit processes and government regulations
• Knowledge of Food & Drug Act, Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act
• Knowledge of Quality Assurance Procedures in Food Processing
• Skill of technical writing
• Thorough understanding of HACCP and GMP regulations
• Skill of implementation and continual improvement of at-line sampling and testing
• Good problem solving & analytical skills; and ability to multi-task
Labour Market Trend for This Occupation
Employment for this occupation is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2009. Demand for Quality control technician-food processing will increase as the people pay more attention to safety issue.