The Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Food Safety Systems Officer or Production Line Supervisor.
An industry-based course designed for staff working in the Food Processing industry at a supervisory or managerial position, the course will require the development of Laboratory skills.
This course is ideal for people currently working in technical or management roles in the Food Processing industry. You'll gain skills in the following areas:
- Product development
- Food safety and quality
- Food production and distribution
- Environmental factors and functions
- Management and review of workplace systems.
This course is self-paced learning online, with 7 x 1 week residential blocks in Hoppers Crossing
Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.
Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions
During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.
This course prepares you to work in the Food Processing industry in a senior role. You may choose to pursue a career in one of the following areas:
- Food technology
- Marketing and management
- Production supervision
- Quality control
- Research and development
- Food standards and regulation
Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work.
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the FBP50118 Diploma of Food Science and Technology.
Course Dates & Times
Trainee - Open from 14/02/2022 - Blended /2022
Blended Online - Starts on 28/02/2022 - online with residentials / 2022
Blended Online - Starts on 04/07/2022 - online with residentials /2022
Detailed Fee Information
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:
- are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
- will be discussed with you as part of your application process to ensure you understand what you are paying for and which fee rates you may be eligible for.
Course Fees consist of 3 different components:
- Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour you enrol. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.
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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
Training package entry requirements
There are no training package requirements for this qualification.
GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:
- Undertake a pre-training review by interview to ensure the course suits students needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
- Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
- Students will require a reliable computer and internet connection
- Access to an enterprise food safety program
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Practical skills (at work)
- Written assessment tasks (written answers, assignments, reports and projects)
This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.
Attendance & Commitment
- This course is delivered part-time over 18 months.
- Students are either employed full time or are aspiring to a career in the food processing industry.
- Face to face classes are made up of 7 separate one-week residential blocks in Hoppers Crossing
- Students also complete an estimated 2 hours per week of online guided self-paced learning over 60 weeks.
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.
You should attend all face-to-face sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor.
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.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.
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
Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
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.
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