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 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

Strategies for Food Fraud Prevention

Course Description:

The Food Fraud Prevention (VACCP) training course has been designed by leading food industry experts to equip you with the most current food industry knowledge on the different methodologies to perform a vulnerability assessment. The course will enable you to assure the authenticity of your food ingredients and packaging by minimizing vulnerabilities through a risk assessment of your supply chain. You’ll use risk assessment to identify where controls may be required to detect, deter and minimize the potential for food fraud. Using references to current examples and web-based research activities, you will gain practical skills and develop your confidence. You’ll learn how to document a food fraud assessment to prevent or minimize the impact of food fraud on your organization.

Pre-requisites:

None

Course Objectives:

• Provide an overview of food fraud and global initiatives
• Recognize different types of food fraud assessment methodologies that may be used to identify vulnerabilities to an organizations’ supply chain
• Describe the process of a vulnerability assessment for prevention of food fraud, (VACCP)

Delegates will then have the skills to:

• Source relevant information to inform a food fraud vulnerability assessment
• Apply the concept of food fraud vulnerability assessment
• Select a methodology to perform a vulnerability assessment
• Document a plan for the prevention of food fraud to meet the intent of GFSI standards

Instructor: Gordon Hayburn LLM, MSc.

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

Food Safety and Pest Management

Course Description:

The pest management industry is experiencing a shift. Pest management techniques are becoming limited due to increasing regulatory pressures on common pest management practices. Simultaneously, the pest management industry is becoming more and more commoditized, leaving less time and resources for pest management professionals to increase their proficiency and deploy thorough integrated pest management inspection.

As a result, it is imperative that those who are charged with overseeing food safety and compliance in a facility have an understanding of pest biology, behavior and effective pest management.

This Food Safety and Pest Management workshop is designed for those who are interested in gaining or expanding their understanding of pest management standards and techniques. It will feature audit compliance, pest management and food safety product experts covering topics that include:

  • SQF pest management standards and performance
  • Insect management
  • Bird management
  • Rodent management

Pre-Requisites

None

Course Objectives:

  • Gain better understanding of biology, behavior and effective control methods for birds, insects and rodents
  • Assure compliance with SQF program standards
  • Build in-house knowledge
  • Set expectations on IPM inspection quality
  • Collaborate with service providers
  • Evaluate current program parameters

Instructor

Gina R. Nicholson Kramer, RS/REHS, Executive Director Of Savour Food Safety International: A Matrix Sciences Company

Scott Broaddus, Business Development Lead, Bayer Digital Pest Management

Date: Monday, November 4th, 2019

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Cost: Complimentary