Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology

Course Code FDF40311
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 985 hours

Course Overview

The FDF40311 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Food Safety Systems Officer or a Production Line Supervisor.

This qualification targets those currently working in technical and management roles within the food industry. It covers product development, food safety and quality, food production and distribution, environmental factors and functions, and the management and review of workplace systems.

This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.

The FDF40311 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology can also be delivered as a Traineeship. Please speak with the Course Coordinator to discuss this further.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The FDF40311 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the food processing industry.

This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in food technology, marketing and management, production supervision, quality control, research and development or food standards and regulation.

Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work.

Further studies
After gaining the FDF40311 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology you might wish to undertake further study in the FDF50311 Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close Start Mon 4th Feb, 4x 1 week oncampus (Mar, May, July & Aug)8.30am – 5.30pm/2019
Werribee – Research Close Start Mon 1st July, 4×1 week oncampus (Mar, May, July & Aug)8.30am – 5.30pm/2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Successful applicants are required to attend all scheduled classes online (attendance at webinars) and on campus.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Darren Payne
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 985 $3.00 $2,955.00 $9.00 $8,865.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 985 $0.60 $591.00 $9.00 $8,865.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 985 $3.00 $2,955.00 $9.00 $8,865.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 985 $0.60 $591.00 $9.00 $8,865.00
Full Fee 985 $7.50 $7,387.50 N/A N/A
Course Materials 985 $1.00 $985.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this course.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Be currently employed full time in the food processing industry
  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
Units of Competency

FDF40311 – Core Units
FDFOP2015A – Apply principles of statistical process control
FDFTEC4003A – Control food contamination and spoilage
FDFTEC4007A – Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
FDFFST4007A – Establish operational requirements for a food processing enterprise
MSAENV472B – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
FDFFS2001A – Implement the food safety program and procedures
FDFOHS4002A – Maintain OHS processes
FDFFST4002A – Monitor the development and implementation of a food QA system
FDFFS3001A – Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs
MSL974003A – Perform chemical tests and procedures
FDFFST4004A – Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FDFFS4001A – Supervise and maintain a food safety plan

FDF40311 – Elective Units
FDFAU4001A – Assess compliance with food safety programs
FDFAU4002A – Communicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits
FDFAU4003A – Conduct food safety audits
FDFAU4004A – Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards
FDFFST4010A – Apply sensory analysis in food processing
FDFFST4011A – Apply the principles of nutrition to food processing
FDFFST4012A – Apply water management principles to the food industry
FDFFST4020A – Implement and review the processing of market milk and related products
FDFFST5003A – Construct a process control chart for a food processing operation
FDFOP2061A – Use numerical applications in the workplace
FDFTEC4005A – Apply an understanding of food additives
MSL973019 – Perform microscopic examination

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical skills (at work)
  • Written assessment tasks (written answers, assignments, reports and projects)
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

If you would like further details or information, please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 GOTAFE to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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