Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology

Course Code FBP40418
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 1060 hours

Course Overview

The FBP40418 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 FBP40418 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 FBP40418 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.

After gaining the FBP40418Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology you might wish to undertake further study in the FBP50118 Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close Flexible Learning, Start Monday 1st July / 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

Darren Payne & Ian Carkeek

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,060 $3.00 $3,180.00 N/A N/A
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,060 $0.60 $636.00 N/A N/A
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,060 $3.00 $3,180.00 N/A N/A
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,060 $0.60 $636.00 N/A N/A
Full Fee 1,060 $7.50 $7,950.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,060 $1.00 $1,060.00 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

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

Be currently employed full time in the food processing industry or aspiring to work 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 or LLN assessment to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Units of Competency

FBP40418 – Core Units

FBPFST4011 – Apply the principles of nutrition to food processing
FBPTEC4003 – Control food contamination and spoilage
FBPTEC4007 – Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
MSMENV472 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWHS401 – Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
MSL974020 – Perform food tests
FBPFST4004 – Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFSY4001 – Supervise and maintain a food safety plan

FBP40418 – Elective Units

FBPTEC4005 – Apply an understanding of food additives
FBPFST4003 – Apply digital technology in food processing
FBPTEC4002 – Apply principles of food packaging
FBPFST4010 – Apply sensory analysis in food processing
FBPAUD4001 – Assess compliance with food safety programs
FBPFST4005 – Document food processes and supporting procedures
FBPFST4007 – Establish operational requirements for a food processing enterprise
FBPTEC4011 – Establish process capability
FBPTEC4009 – Identify the physical and chemical properties of materials, food and related products
FBPAUD4004 – Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards
FBPFST5024 – Implement and review the production of fermented dairy products and dairy desserts
MSL974019 – Perform chemical tests and procedures

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.

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
Additional Information

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes online and on campus. On-campus classes that consist of one week residential (5 day) blocks.
This program does not provide, or include, industry placement

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.

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