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Diploma of Food Science and Technology


Diploma of Food Science and Technology FBP50121

Course Overview

Become a qualified Food Testing Manager with the Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

In this course, students will apply existing industry skills to learn what it takes to work in a management role in technical or quality departments, overseeing the production of:

  • General food processing
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Poultry including chicken meat and egg processing
  • Dairy processing
  • Confectionery
  • Beverages
  • Baking and cereals

This course is designed for people who are already employed full-time in the Food Processing industry (there is no industry placement provided).

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Contingent Study Arrangements

Where a situation arises that prevents campus attendance (such as COVID restrictions, natural disasters, etc.) and it is deemed an appropriate response in protecting the health and safety of staff, students and visitors, this course will adapt to alternative training arrangements, possibly using online methods of teaching and/or communication while students engage from home with their Trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time.

Career Pathways

This course is designed for those wishing to seek employment in the Food Processing industry including:

  • Food Technologist
  • Production Manager
  • Food Testing Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Food Safety Systems Manager
  • Product Development Team Leader
  • Processing Systems Manager
  • Environmental Manager (Food Processing)

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in:

  • FBP50218 Diploma of Food Safety Auditing
  • FBP50319 Diploma of Artisan Cheesemaking;
  • or undertake university level training in the food sciences field

Course Dates & Times

Hoppers Crossing

Blended - PT - Starts on 20th March - Online & Residential Workshops / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (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 2023 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 three 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:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) 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, induction 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.
  • Enrolling students must be employed full time in the food processing industry.

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is beneficial when studying virtually but is not a requirement

There are no mandatory Training Package entry requirements for this qualification. It is highly recommended that students are working or have worked in the food processing industry at a supervisory level, if this is not the case we recommend that students enroll in FBP40421 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology.

Core Units
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
Identify and implement required process control for a food processing operation
Examine the biochemical properties of food
Apply food microbiological techniques and analysis
Develop, manage and maintain quality systems for food processing
Supervise and maintain a food safety plan
Develop a HACCP-based food safety plan
Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
Conduct sensory analysis
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Produce acid-coagulated soft cheese
Produce a range of rennet-coagulated cheeses
Produce acid and heat coagulated cheese
Specify and monitor the nutritional value of processed food
Implement and review the preparation of milk for processing
Implement and review the production of milk fat products
Implement and review the production of fermented dairy products and dairy desserts
Implement and review the production of concentrated and dried dairy products
Implement and review the production of milk and related products by the membrane system
Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing
Lead a process to determine and solve root cause for a complex problem

Assessments are conducted during on-campus workshops and in student workplace setting.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical skills
  • Written assessment tasks (written answers, assignments, reports and projects)

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

Lasanthi Jayananda

The course runs over 18 months. Students are employed full-time in the food processing industry and are enrolled in this course part-time.

Classes are made up of 7 separate one-week (5 days) residential blocks at OZScientific in Hoppers Crossing, a purpose built training solution for Dairy and Food Industries.. Students also complete an estimated 5 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.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face and online sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor.

NOTE: There are two additional possible elective that students can chose from FBPFST5027 and MSS407016. All students will only complete 9 electives as per the packing rules and the units will be outlined in the students training plan.

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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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