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November 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015
All Day

JW Marriott

10 S West Street
Indianapolis Indiana 46204

SQFI will offer the following training classes prior to the conference on Sunday, November 1 and  Monday, November 2 from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The courses require payment of an additional fee, which can be selected during the conference registration process. You may also register for the training classes without registering for the conference. Please select the “Training Only” rate and then your class. Please note that there is a $100 surcharge for registrants who are NOT attending the full conference. You MUST select the $100 rate first AND your class. If you do not select a class, your registration may be rejected and the $100 refunded to you. Register here now

The cost for a one-day classes is $250 (pre-registration rate) or $ 350 (onsite registration), which includes materials and lunch. The cost for the half-day class is $150 (pre-registration rate) or $ 250 (onsite registration) and includes materials (not lunch). The cost for the two-day Advanced Practitioner Course is $ 625 (pre-registration only) and the cost for the two-day Implementing SQF Systems Course is $499 (pre-registration only). PLEASE NOTE: There is a premium for registering onsite and space is NOT guaranteed unless you pre-register. Class sizes are limited to 30 people, so we STRONGLY recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment. Almost all classes sold out early last year!

PLEASE NOTE: You can only register for ONE class, since they all run concurrently. You must also register individually i.e  you cannot purchase a space for a co-worker. He/She will need to register separately! Multiple class registrations will be deleted!

The following classes will be offered:

For registration enquiries, please contact Debbie Stewart

For curriculum questions, please contact Kristie Grzywinski

SQF Professional Update (1/2 day program) $150 pre-registration / $250 onsite registration

Instructor: SQFI

The SQF four-hour Professional Update is a requirement for SQF Professionals (Auditors, Consultants, and Trainers) seeking annual re-registration with the SQF program. In this year’s update, a member of SQFI’s Technical Team will share recent updates to the SQF program including the SQF Code, edition 7.2, current results from the Compliance and Integrity Programs, enhancements to the SQF assessment database, a GFSI benchmarking status report for key modules, and the status of key SQF documents. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of SQFI expectations for registered SQF Professionals and ways to enhance the assessment, implementation and maintenance of an SQF System.

Validation vs. Verification $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite registration

Instructor: Cathy Crawford, Vice President, The HACCP Consulting Group LLC

Some of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in the SQF Program are validation, verification and risk assessments; concepts that are essential for any effective any food safety system. In this workshop, you will be provided a clearer understanding of these terms and how to apply them to the SQF Program. One of SQF’s all-star trainers will take their field knowledge and apply it to the course while offering practical tools and real world examples that can easily be applied to a variety of food and beverage and packaging manufacturing companies.  This workshop was sold out at last year’s conference so register early.

Advanced HACCP $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite registration

Trainer: NSF

This ANSI and International HACCP Alliance accredited NSF Food Safety Certificate Program one-day course is designed to provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the concepts and applications of Verification and Validation.  This course will enable participants to better understand the differences between verifying and validating food safety systems.

Key Session Topics:

  • HACCP System Review
  • Prerequisite Programs
  • HACCP Principles
  • Validation, Monitoring & Verification
  • Definitions, clarification
  • Validation: Methods & Approaches
  • Codex approaches
  • HACCP System Validation
  • HACCP System Verification
  • Regulatory requirements for Verification and Validation


Recall Management – How To Prevent and Manage Recalls $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite

Trainer: Gary Smith, Director, Food Safety Systems, Eurofins

In 2014, there were over 2,000 reported food recalls. While it’s something that no supplier wants to have, the time to prepare for a recall isn’t during the event and the best way to manage a recall is to prevent one from occurring. In this workshop participants will be provided information on recall management principles including:

  • How to prepare a recall plan, or enhance their current plan;
  • How to respond to a recall – including establishing effective communication plans;
  • How to recover from the crisis and the steps to get the operation up and running and preventing the incident from reoccurring.

Participants will also learn what they can do to reevaluate their current food safety programs to prevent recalls from happening in the first place. Best practices for implementing internal audit programs, reviewing HACCP plans, and reviewing approved supplier program will be shared.

This is a new workshop  being offered this year based on requests from SQF stakeholders and is expected to sell out quickly.

Safe Food/Safe Feed Certification: Comprehensive Standards of Excellence to Maximize Feed and Food Safety – $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite

Trainer: Henry Turlington, Director – Quality & Manufacturing Regulatory Affairs, American Feed Association

The American Feed Industry Association established the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program in 2004 to establish and promote generally accepted food safety guidelines designed to ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply for the growth and care of animals. Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF I), is a voluntary, third-party certified initiative designed for feed mills and feed- and ingredient-related facilities. This one-day course will increase the participant’s understanding of industry regulations by providing a guide to complying with the pending rules from the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Topics to be covered within this one-day course include:

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices for the feed industry
  • Key components of an animal food safety plan
  • Typical risks for the feed industry
  • Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act

2-Day SQF Advanced Practitioner Course $625 pre-registration / $725 onsite


Christina Kelley Astorga, President, Food Safety and Quality Systems, LLC or  Tatiana Lorca, Senior Manager, Food Safety Education and Training, Ecolab

Note: The maximum class size  for this course is 30 and is likley to sell out early. A waiting list will be held once the class is full and  you will be notified if space becomes available.

The Advanced SQF Practitioner course is an activity-based course designed for the current SQF practitioner who is seeking further education on how to improve and maintain their company’s SQF System. The SQF Advanced Practitioner course provides the tools needed to improve and advance the food safety system in the facility and manage the ongoing maintenance of the SQF Program.

To ensure an optimal learning experience and fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants meet the following pre-requisites prior to attending the course:

  1. Been through at least one successful (C-complies rating or higher) SQF certification/ recertification process as the designated SQF practitioner
  2. Successfully completed a HACCP training class that includes a final assessment
  3. Successfully completed the Implementing SQF Systems examination

The two-day course addresses the following four areas:

  1. Establishing food safety and quality objectives.
  2. Using the internal audit program to manage, maintain and enhance the SQF System.
  3. Utilizing the corrective action/preventive action process as a tool to identify trends and build continuous improvement.
  4. Improving the demonstration of management’s commitment and developing and prioritizing key performance indicators

2-Day Implementing SQF Systems Course $499 pre-registration / $599 onsite registration

Trainer: Rich Gibson

The first step in achieving SQF certification is to clearly understand the SQF Code requirements. Oftentimes growers, processors and manufacturers already have in place many of the food safety and quality programs found in the Code, but an additional assessment must be made to identify any gaps to be sure they are fully protecting their product. A must for suppliers, consultants, trainers and anyone interested in learning about the SQF program.

This course is designed to prepare an individual to meet the SQF Practitioner requirements by promoting an understanding of the SQF Code, Edition 7.2 and providing a detailed knowledge base to participants to facilitate the successful implementation and maintenance of an SQF System. After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the SQF Code, Ed. 7.2 format, food sector categories and sector applicable modules
  • Understand requirements for SQF Practitioners and SQF Consultants
  • Describe the differences between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 SQF certification
  • Identify the SQF System elements and Mandatory Requirements
  • Implement, manage and maintain SQF Systems
  • Develop, validate and verify the elements of food safety and quality plans and the SQF System
  • Know how to prepare for the SQF certification audit

To ensure an optimal learning experience and fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants complete a HACCP training course prior to registering

Quality Systems Management – $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite

Trainer: Martin Fowell, Certification Manager, Silliker, Inc. and Bill McBride, Principal and Managing Director, Foodlink Management Services

The SQF Quality Systems Course explains how to go beyond simply managing the quality of your product and focus instead on the larger goal of creating a culture of quality within the business.

The course will take the learner along the continuum from understanding product quality parameters to measuring and controlling product quality using the HACCP method, improving product quality using the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle to the application of quality management principles to improve overall business results.

To benefit from this training course, it is recommended that candidates have successfully completed a HACCP training course that meets the definition found in the SQF Code and either “Implementing SQF Systems” or SQF auditor training.

The learning outcomes for this one-day course include:

  • An understanding of the continuum between product quality and quality management principles;
  • Explain the product quality parameters within a food industry sector or facility;
  • Apply the HACCP method to monitor and control quality parameters;
  • Understand and apply the ‘cost of quality’ model within a facility;
  • Apply the PDCA cycle to improve quality outcomes;
  • Understand how quality management principles impact on product quality and productivity;
  • Apply and improve quality management principles within a facility.

Creating Effective Training Programs – $250 pre-registration / $350 onsite

Trainer: Alchemy

Training your workforce is SMART!

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Employees are your greatest asset,” but are you treating them like your greatest asset?  Everyday your front-line workforce impacts your profitability and brand reputation through their direct impact on safety, quality, yield and productivity. Can you hold them accountable?

In this interactive workshop, industry experts and SQF Practitioners will share the critical elements necessary to successfully maintain a food safety plan by empowering employees to drive critical operational outcomes.  You will not want to miss these proven, innovative best practices for engaging your workforce and driving behavior change.