Food Safety and Quality Technician

Certificate of Achievement in Food Safety and Quality Technician 2017-2018

(Major #C.5690.CA)

The objective of this program is to provide training to farm and food workers within the agricultural and food processing systems that is in line with scientific understanding of food hygiene and complies with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. The students will be trained in how to interpret and make localized decisions based on science proven risk while in the field, during planting, growing, and harvesting produce or while managing livestock for safe and efficacious food products such as dairy and meat.

The occupations that currently will require this additional education are defined as H1-B industry occupations, according to the United Stated Department of Labor. The H1-B classification includes professional, scientific and technical services, educational services, auditors, biological scientists and technicians, technical workers, management analysts, managers, and business operations specialists. In addition, this program’s goal will be to provide education to populations of women, young men, women of color, low-skilled populations, veterans, first generation residents for the purposes of establishing a competent and educated workforce to ensure food safety.

Complete the following program of study. Requirements (16.5 units minimum).

Required Core:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
COUN 47 Learning Strategies 2
FSAP 130 Introduction to Food Safety 1.5
FSAP 131 Agricultural Practices for Food Safety 1.5
FSAP 132 Food Safety Management 1.5
FSAP 133 Facility Management for Food Safety 1.5
FSAP 134 Environmental Effects on Food Borne Pathogens 1.5
FSAP 135 Introduction to Food Microbiology 4
FSAP 158 Agricultural Laws and Regulations 3

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify chemical and biological threats and control prevention measures to food safety in agricultural, professional, and occupational settings and learn how to control them.
  2. Interpret state and federal regulations as it applies to food safety.
  3. Assess risk of contamination in various food processing departments.
  4. Assess risk of food processing environments with relation to employee safety.
  5. Implement and evaluate food safety, hygiene, and occupational health programs.

Advisors: Rutledge.


2017-2018 Certificate of Achievement in Food Safety and Quality Technician