Diploma of Food Science and Technology


Course Length

Part time:

18 months


Subsidised Standard:


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Online Campus

Shepparton - William Orr

Delivery Mode

Industry Based Training

Course Overview

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

Apply your 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.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course is designed for those wishing to seek employment in the Food Processing industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • 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, you might like to undertake further study at the university level, in a course such as the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Blended Online - Starts on 28/02/2022 - online with residentials / 2022

Shepparton - William Orr

Blended online and residential - Open from 01/07/2021 /2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $8,244.00

2. Full Fee: $12,675.00

Course Materials: $1,202.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Enrolling students must be employed full time in the food processing industry.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBWHS401 - Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
FBPFST4004 - Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFST5002 - Identify and implement required process control for a food processing operation
FBPFST5005 - Examine the biochemical properties of food
FBPFST5006 - Apply food microbiological techniques and analysis
FBPFST6001 - Develop, manage and maintain quality systems for food processing
FBPFSY4001 - Supervise and maintain a food safety plan
FBPFSY5001 - Develop a HACCP-based food safety plan
FBPTEC4007 - Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
MSL975038 - Conduct sensory analysis
MSMENV472 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
FBPCHE5002 - Produce acid-coagulated soft cheese
FBPCHE5003 - Produce a range of rennet-coagulated cheeses
FBPCHE5004 - Produce acid and heat coagulated cheese
FBPFST5001 - Monitor refrigeration and air conditioning systems in food processing
FBPFST5004 - Specify and monitor the nutritional value of processed food
FBPFST5010 - Implement and review the preparation of milk for processing
FBPFST5023 - Implement and review the production of milk fat products
FBPFST5024 - Implement and review the production of fermented dairy products and dairy desserts
FBPFST5025 - Implement and review the production of concentrated and dried dairy products
FBPFST5026 - Implement and review the production of ice creams and frozen dairy products
FBPFST5027 - Implement and review the production of milk and related products by the membrane system
FBPOPR2068 - Operate a process control interface
FBPTEC4004 - Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing
FBPTEC4008 - Participate in product recalls
MSS407016 - Lead a process to determine and solve root cause for a complex problem
SFIPRO402 - Manage a product recall

Assessment Methods

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

Assessment methods may include:

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

Additional Information

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

Course Co-ordinator

Dylan Liu

Attendance & Commitment

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 residential blocks. 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.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face and online 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.

Learning support

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.

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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.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

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.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

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

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.