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Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology


Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology FBP40421

Course Overview

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.

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.

Career Pathways

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.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

Course Dates & Times

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Public - PT - Blended - Starts on 27th Feb - Inc Residential W/Shops / 2023

Traineeship- Open from 27th Feb - Inc Residential W/Shops / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

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 applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. 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 enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. 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 textbooks, 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.
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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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Prospective Traineeship students are required to apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with their employer to organise their apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
Apply the principles of nutrition to food processing
Supervise and maintain a food safety plan
Control food contamination and spoilage
Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
Perform food tests
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Assess compliance with food safety programs
Communicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits
Conduct food safety audits
Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards
Apply digital technology in food processing
Document food processes and supporting procedures
Establish operational requirements for a food processing enterprise
Apply sensory analysis in food processing
Implement and review the production of fermented dairy products and dairy desserts
Apply principles of food packaging
Apply an understanding of food additives
Identify the physical and chemical properties of materials, food and related products
Establish process capability
Perform chemical tests and procedures

Blended study mode:

This cohort is made up of people who are either currently working in the food processing industry or people looking to change career paths. Students who are interested in food auditing may replace electives FBPTEC4011 and FBPTEC4009 with FBPAUD4002 & FBPAUD4003.

  • This course is delivered part-time over 18 months.
  • Students attend 8 residential workshops throughout the duration of the course, on campus consisting of 5 day blocks each. Residential training occurs at OZScientific, a purpose-built training solution for Dairy and Food Industries.
  • A mandatory 80% attendance requirement for all residentials
  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students will work through their learning materials between workshops. In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning.
  • Students will complete their skills assessments during workshops and complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

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.

This program does not provide or include, industry placement.

Trainee study mode:

  • This course is delivered part-time over 18 months.
  • This course is delivered to Adult Trainees via a blend of workplace delivery, 8 residential workshops and online learning and assessment.
  • Students are provided with a Training plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS, where their learning materials and assessments are delivered through.
  • Students are to attend 8 weekly residential workshops throughout their traineeship. Residential training occurs at OZScientific, a purpose built training solution for Dairy and Food Industries.
  • In-between workshops students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year over the duration of their course with weekly online or telephone support with trainers available to all students over the duration of their training. Students have access to Trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one on one phone call outside of working hours if required.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessment tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks within the workplace.

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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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