Train for a successful career in the Canadian food processing industry

When enrolled in the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training program, you will be educated in Canadian cultural norms, employability and your day-to-day workplace environment, as well as basic and advanced level food safety practices, rules and regulations. The online program delivers 21 courses divided into 3 progressive levels. Upon successful completion, newcomers can leave their home countries with 12 Canadian- recognized certificates and formal transcripts, depicting your newly learned skills.

The program is accepting both (a) economic and well-educated immigrants as the ideal primary applicant and (b) entry-level and family–class immigrants.  Your work experience, education experience, and transferable skills will determine which of the two streams you will enter: Introductory or Advanced.

Assess your English skills

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards used throughout Canada from describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. To be successful in this training program, participants must be able to proficiently speak, read and write in English at a CLB level of 4 or higher for the Introductory stream, and a CLB level of 7 or higher for the Advanced stream.

Breakdown of Levels

LEVEL I: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

Introduces terminology commonly used in the food manufacturing industry, and addresses integration into the Canadian workforce. Cultural behaviors and diversity in the workplace are also key topics, contributing towards general employability and everyday life skills. Participants will become familiarized with foundational concepts used throughout the remainder of the training. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of the industry and the work environment.

LEVEL II: BASIC FOOD SAFETY

Incorporates ‘entry level’ topics and develops the concepts learned in the first level. Before working in a food plant, workers would typically receive on-site training on beginner food safety topics such as sanitation, food spoilage, and allergens. Given the workplace environment, knowledge of industrial safety practices are also very important. Level 2 covers all the essential industry- specific topics required for immediate employment in an entry level position.

LEVEL III: TECHNICAL FOOD SAFETY

More advanced, covering more complex subject areas – this level is ideal for management type positions. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of food safety principles and their overall impact on the food safety management system. Courses delve into auditing practices & procedures and the governing rules and regulations in Canada. It is recommended that participants have an educational background in the sciences or similar fields.

Are you Advanced or Introductory?

Once enrolled in the program, you will be assigned one of two streams:*

ADVANCED

Participants in the Advanced Stream will complete all 3 levels of the training program. It provides a high-level understanding of food safety, paired with practical development of leadership and supervisory skills for the Canadian workplace. This stream is ideal for individuals who have a University or College education and previous experience in food, sciences, or manufacturing

Does this sound like you?

  • You are passionate about the food and beverage industry, possessing a University or College degree/ diploma in a related field of study. For example: microbiology, food sciences, culinary, agriculture, any sciences, etc.
  • You have education and work experience in an alternative field, and are looking to explore new career pathways. For Example: engineer, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, other manufacturing, etc.
  • You have experience working in a leadership role, supervising a team, and managing the development of a final output/ production.
  • You are new to working with food, but have comparable skill sets from similar occupations such as quality assurance, lab testing and auditing.
  • You have direct experience working in food manufacturing. For example: plant manager, QA/ QC technician, HACCP coordinator, food safety specialist, Supervisor, etc.

INTRODUCTORY

Introductory Stream participants will be enrolled in only the first 2 levels of the training curriculum. This stream covers all fundamental food safety principles, as well as essential workplace skills. It is ideal for individuals who are new to working with food products, and have other complimentary education or experience.

Does this sound like you?

  • You have an interest in the food and beverage industry!
  • Your knowledge of food safety principles, sanitation and safe handling of food products is limited, but you are willing to learn!
  • Your past employment was not related to food, sciences or manufacturing, but you have complimentary skills that you’ve acquired through other employment opportunities. For example: administration, skilled worker, trades, retail and customer service.
  • You are motivated to obtain an entry level position, and are positive about growing into your new career with potential advancement opportunities.

*Please note that once enrolled or completed the program, your Program Stream cannot change

Curriculum

LEVEL 1

# COURSE TITLE COURSE OUTLINE HOURS
1 Employer & Employee Expectations Free Download (135KB) 1.5
2 Workplace Essentials: Oral Communications Free Download (135KB) 2
3 Workplace Diversity Free Download (136KB) 2
4 Food Processing Safety & You  Free Download (135KB) 1.5
5 Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) Free Download (135KB) 2
Level 1 Total Hours: 9

LEVEL 2

# COURSE TITLE COURSE OUTLINE HOURS
6 Workplace Essentials: Thinking Skills Free Download (135KB) 2
7 Food Spoilage & Food Safety Free Download (141KB) 2
8 Food Safety Culture and You Free Download (135KB) 0.5
9 Workplace and Industrial Safety Free Download (136KB) 2
10 Workplace Essentials: Job Task Planning and Organizational Skills Free Download (135KB) 2
11 Workplace Essentials: Document Use Free Download (136KB) 2
12 Introduction to Allergens Free Download (138KB) 3
13 National Sanitation Training Program Free Download (135KB) 2
14 Interview Skills For the Food and Beverage Industry Free Download (135KB) 1.5
Level 2 Total Hours: 17

INTRODUCTORY STREAM TOTAL HOURS:  26

TOTAL CERTIFICATES EARNED: 5

LEVEL 3

# COURSE TITLE COURSE OUTLINE HOURS
15 Food Safety Culture for Supervisors and Managers Free Download (135KB) 3
16 Overview of Food Safety Management Systems and Certification Schemes Free Download (136KB) 4
17 Fundamentals of Quality Assurance in the Food Processing Industry Free Download (136KB) 5
18 Developing a HACCP System Free Download (136KB) 6
19 Food Fraud and Authenticity Free Download (136KB) 4
20 Managing Recall in a Wired World Free Download (141KB) 3
21 Introduction to Internal Audit Free Download (136KB) 4
Level 3 Total Hours: 29

ADVANCED STREAM TOTAL HOURS:  55 

TOTAL CERTIFICATES EARNED: 12