Training Classes

SQFI will offer several training classes prior to the conference. The classes 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: The minimum size of the class is 12 and the maximum is 30. If less than 12 students are registered for a class four weeks prior to the start date, it is subject to cancellation. In the event of cancellation, students may elect to join another class or request a full refund. Courses generally sell out in advance of the event, so early registration is advised.

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. You can only register for ONE class and ONE person. You cannot select more than one registration per class i.e. you cannot save a place for a co-worker!

2019 SQF Professional Update

Course Description:

The SQF Professional Update is a requirement for SQF Professionals (auditors, consultants, and trainers) seeking annual re-registration with the SQF Program, but anyone is welcome to participate. Always informative about the SQF Program and presented by a member of SQFI’s technical team, this year’s update covers details on the SQF Code, edition 8, current results from the Compliance and Integrity Programs, a GFSI update including a benchmarking status report, a summary of training initiatives and peek at upcoming events. 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.

Pre-requisites:

None, however, familiarity with the SQF Program is helpful.

Course Objectives:

  • Restate the upcoming goals for the SQF Program.
  • Share the status and availability of key SQF documents.
  • List upcoming SQFI trainings and events and how to register.
  • Describe the outcomes of the SQF certification audit performance survey.
  • Summarize the status of GFSI requirements document and SQF benchmarking

Instructor

LeAnn Chuboff, Vice President, Technical Affairs, SQF

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-1pm

Cost: $200.00 pre-registration/ $300.00 onsite

Advanced SQF Practitioner (2-Day Course)

Course Description:

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 Advanced SQF 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.

Pre-requisites:

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

Course Objectives:

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.

Instructors:

Tatiana Lorca, Senior Manager, Food Safety Education and Training, Ecolab
Matthew Poore, Matthew Poore Leadership Group

Dates: Sunday, November 3 and Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $675.00 pre-registration / $775.00 onsite

Implementing the SQF Fundamentals Code (2-Day Course)

Course Description:

SQFI has developed the Fundamentals Program for Food Manufacturing for small- and medium-sized suppliers who don’t yet have a robust food safety management program in place or want to be sure their existing program meets the expectations of retailers.

Participants of the Implementing SQF Fundamentals Code will be guided through an exploration of the components of seven foundational programs that, along with their food safety plan, make up the SQF Fundamentals Code: product specifications, facility construction and maintenance, sanitation, personal hygiene and cross-contamination, approved suppliers, product identification and traceability and the internal audit plan.

This 2-day course uses a learner-centered approach to engage attendees and allow them to take ownership of their learning.

Pre-requisites:

Those individuals who have not completed a HACCP or PCQI class will not be at disadvantage; however, it is understood that development of either plan is addressed through a separate course.

Throughout this course, learners will work in teams to complete several practical activities using a product selected by the group.  Attendees are encouraged to bring redacted copies of their own documents, such as supplier lists, ingredients and process flow charts to immediately apply the tools and techniques discussed in class.  Attendees who are not yet manufacturing product can work alongside their team mates using the product selected by their group.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the role of the SQF Fundamentals Code in the pathway to SQF certification
  • Develop key food safety programs associated with the implementation of an SQF Fundamentals system

Instructor:  TBD

Date: Sunday, November 3 – Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $675.00 pre-registration / $775.00 onsite

Implementing the SQF Foodservice Code (2-Day Course)

Course Description

The goal of the Implementing the SQF Foodservice Code training course is to provide knowledge of the SQF Food Safety Code for Foodservice, edition 8 to the SQF professional including the practitioner and other food industry professionals.

The Implementing the SQF Foodservice Code course is a critical first step in understanding the implementation of the System Elements and Module 13 of the SQF Foodservice Code and provides an overview of certification processes.

Pre-requisites

To obtain an optimal learning experience and fully benefit from this course it is strongly recommended that participants successfully complete a HACCP training course that meets the definition of “HACCP Training” defined in the SQF Code prior to registering for this course.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the roles of FMI, SQFI and GFSI
  • Define the role of the SQF practitioner
  • Review the SQF certification process
  • Discuss the implementation of the System Elements
  • Explain the Good Manufacturing Practices requirements found in Module 13

Instructor:

Frank Schreurs, SQFI Regional Representative

Date: Sunday, November 3 and Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $675.00 pre-registration / $775.00 onsite

Implementing The SQF Quality Code

Course Description:

In 2018 SQFI introduced the SQF Quality Code as part of the edition 8 suite of SQF standards.  The SQF Quality Code incorporates the quality management principles necessary to achieve customer requirements and continuously improve quality and productivity.

This one-day course is ideal for those already familiar with quality management principles, such as SQF quality practitioners or SQF quality auditors, but who need to understand how to apply quality tools in the implementation of the SQF Quality Code. The course will address the impact of quality parameters on the site’s product and operation, assist sites in understanding how the SQF Quality Code aligns with food safety and allow learners to apply quality tools and techniques to implementation of the SQF Quality Code.

Pre-requisites:

Candidates must have successfully completed a HACCP training course meeting the SQFI definition, and either Implementing SQF Systems training or Auditing SQF Systems/Lead SQF Auditor training.

Course Objectives:

This course will help learners to:

  • Explain the product quality parameters within the food industry sector or site;
  • Apply the HACCP method to identify significant quality threats and how to monitor and control them;
  • Understand the use and application of quality measurement tools; and
  • Apply the PDCA cycle to improve quality outcomes.

Instructors

Bill McBride, SQFI Regional Representative and Cathy Crawford, HACCP Consulting Group

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00 pre-registration / $475.00 onsite

Beginners Guide to SPC

Course Description

Simply stated, statistical process control is used to control a process, thus driving continuous improvement and engendering cost savings – this is recognized as creating a “quality product.” But for all its promises, its complexity is in determining what to measure and how adjust the process. So where does a site begin in identifying what to measure? How does SPC play a role in improving product quality while driving down costs, waste, and other inefficiencies? Does certification to the SQF Quality Code mean anything to site management or buyers? It doesn’t take a black belt to achieve product quality excellence – join in this one-day exploration of the quality tool known as SPC.

Pre-requisite:

None; however familiarity with or certification to the SQF Food Safety Code is helpful.

Course Objectives:

  • Review common SPC terms and definitions
  • Identify what to measure: determining product quality attributes
  • Collect data: variable data vs. attribute data
  • Record data: control charts
  • Analyze data: control limits
  • Determine how to improve the process
  • Explore the benefits of certification to the SQF Quality Code

Instructor: TBD

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00 pre-registration / $475.00 onsite

Prevent Recalls Before They Happen

Course Description

Having avoided product recalls in the past is not a guarantee one won’t happen in the future. And having had one before doesn’t mean one can’t happen for a different reason. The top causes for product recalls are consistently mislabeling of allergens, foreign object contamination, and the presence of pathogens. This one-day training session will point a spotlight on key programs such as sanitation, environmental monitoring, foreign object detection, labeling and internal audits to assure they are poised to protect your product and buyers.

Pre-requisites

None; however familiarity with or certification to the SQF Food Safety Code is helpful.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify gaps that lead to allergen labeling breakdowns.
  • Reevaluate environmental monitoring for effective pathogen control.
  • Design a better feedback loop by strengthening the internal audit program.
  • Reinforce the sanitation program to better manage allergens and pathogens.
  • Examine preventive maintenance programs to aid in identification of potential risks for foreign object contamination.

Instructor: TBD

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00 pre-registration / $475.00 onsite

Strategies for Food Fraud Prevention

Course Description:

The term food fraud has been a topic of tall interest recently. This has been largely brought into focus by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which has released their new benchmarking requirements document emphasizing the importance of having a finely-honed food fraud mitigation plan. With this new focus, all GFSI benchmarked Certified Program Owners have added food fraud vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans into their certification standards.

Diving deeper into the meaning of food fraud, experts define it as deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, misrepresentation of food, or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain that could impact consumer health.

There are two parts to controlling food fraud in any food safety management systems which are 1.) vulnerability assessment and 2.) the mitigation plan. The vulnerability assessment identifies potential risk from your ingredients that could infiltrate your systems. The mitigation plan then puts out a plan to regulate the risk and reduce it.

Pre-requisites:

None

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the various categories of food fraud.
  • Assess your supply chain to identify potential threats.
  • Evaluate internal procedures to recognize where threats could occur.
  • Develop a plan to mitigate supply chain and internal threats.
  • Reexamine plans to anticipate new threats and identify gaps.

Instructor: TBD

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00 pre-registration / $475.00 onsite

Environmental Monitoring for Manufacturing Plants

Course Description:

An environmental monitoring program allows for proper identification, management and verification of manufacturing and environmental controls, including microbiological hazards and allergens. This course addresses the design of a robust environmental monitoring program including; mapping and sampling, differences between wet vs. dry facilities, GFSI recognized allergen validation criteria, selection for Listeria and Salmonella, as well as EMP corrective action management—fostering continuous improvement.

Pre-Requisites

 None

Course Objectives: 

  • Validation of microbiological hazards and allergens
  • Sampling techniques including location, frequency, target organisms, and data management
  • Maintenance and management of an effective environmental monitoring program

Instructor

IDoug Marshall, Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins Certification

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00 pre-registration / $475.00 onsite

GFSI Auditor Knowledge Exam

Description:

Beginning June 2019, auditors applying to GFSI-recognized certification programs such as SQFI will be required to have successfully passed an exam based on the content of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. Existing auditors will be required to comply by December 2021.

Stay on top of the requirement by taking the examination prior to the SQF Conference.

Exam Details:

The GFSI Auditor Competency Exam is based on the content of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements and is designed to assess competency across a range of skills. The exam questions cover both sector-specific technical skills, such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) or Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) requirements and standard auditing skills such as sampling and evidence gathering. Further information can be obtained by reviewing this document.

The exam contains one hundred (100) multiple choice items.

There are two versions of the examination: Primary Production and Post-farm gate. Depending upon your scopes, you may need to complete both exams.

A time limit of one hundred eighty (180) minutes is given to complete each examination. 

Examinees are not allowed to consult any materials during the examination. 

There is mutual recognition of exam results among GFSI-benchmarked Certification Program Owners (CPOs). There is only need to complete the exam (s) once regardless of the CPO you may work with.

Proctor: TBD

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 8am-5pm (exam begins promptly at 8:15am)

Cost: $150.00 pre-registration / no onsite registrations