2016 SQF International Conference

TRAINING CLASSES

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ON AVAILABILITY AND TO REGISTER

SQFI will offer training classes prior to the conference on Sunday, October 23 (for two day classes) and Monday, October 24 (for one and two day classes) 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: 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.

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.

Classes Offered:

Advanced SQF Practitioner

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 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.

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, October 23 and Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $650

 

Implementing SQF Systems

Course Description:

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.

Pre-requisites:

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.

Course Objectives:

The goals of the two-day course are to:

  • foster an understanding of the SQF Code.
  • create a knowledge base to facilitate the successful implementation of an SQF System.
  • demonstrate how a HACCP-based approach manages food safety and quality hazards in an operation.

Instructors:
Jennifer McCreary, Technical Manager, Training & Education Services, NSF-GFTC
Kimberly Onett, Technical Manager, Training Services, NSF International

Dates: Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $650

 

SQF Professional Update - SOLD OUT (waitlist only)

Course Description:

The SQF 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 planned updates to the SQF Code, edition 8, 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.

Pre-requisites:

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

Course Objectives:

  • List upcoming SQFI trainings and events.
  • Summarize the top reasons for SQF supplier recalls.
  • Describe the outcomes of the SQF certification audit performance survey.
  • Share the top 10 non-conformities identified on SQF certification audits for the SQF Code, edition 7
  • Recap the top changes included in the SQF Code, edition 8.

Instructor: A representative of SQFI’s Technical Team

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $200

 

Accurate Labeling to Reduce Recall Risk

Course Description:

What are the most common reasons for recalls? What can customers, manufacturers, and suppliers do to prevent these issues? Lack of training surrounding labeling requirements has had a profound effect on the food industry. Attendees will leave with the knowledge on how to reduce your risk of a food recall due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens.

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives:

  • Educate participants on FDA, USDA and regulatory requirements concerning food labeling.
  • Understand effective methods for research and development, supplier approval, label control, formulation, and sanitation to ensure accurate labeling.
  • Address food safety and quality implications and their effect upon finished product specifications.

Instructors: Ami Akins, Merieux NutriSciences and Dina Dashti, Merieux NutriSciences

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

Internal Food Safety Auditor

Course Description:

This course teaches the fundamentals of quality auditing principles, the establishment of food safety and quality criteria, and how to develop and implement an effective internal audit program.

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives:The learning outcomes for this one-day course include:

  • Introduction to Auditing
  • Internal Audit Program Requirements for GFSI benchmarked schemes, such as SQF
  • Audit Best Practices and techniques
  • Audit Result Interpretation and Corrective Action Management
  • Continual Process Improvement

Instructor: Mr. Gary Smith – Director, Eurofins Food Safety Systems

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

 

Environmental Monitoring Program

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: The learning outcomes for this one-day course include:

  • Microbiological hazards and allergen validation
  • Sampling techniques including location, frequency, target organisms, and data management
  • Maintenance and management of an effective environmental monitoring program

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Marshall, Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins Microbiology

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

 

Quality Systems Management

Course Description:

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.

Pre-requisites:

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.

Course Objectives: 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.

Instructor: Bill McBride, Principal and Managing Director, Foodlink Management Services

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

 

Validation vs. Verification

Course Description:

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 they apply within the SQF Program. One of SQF’s All-Star trainers will share their expert knowledge of this topic and offer practical tools and real-world examples that can easily be applied to food, beverage and packaging manufacturing.  This workshop is popular and fills up quickly; be sure to register early.

Pre-requisites: None

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

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

 

Implementing the SQF Retail Code

Course Description:

SQF Retail/Wholesale Grocery Certification Training We are excited to introduce the newest certification from our SQFI family, the Retail/Wholesale Grocery Certification. We have created a certification code developed by Retail/Wholesale Grocers for Retail/Wholesale Grocers! There is no other certification out there like this one.

The SQF Retail/Wholesale Grocery Certification training is a one day training covering the following topics:

  • Certification  process
  • Code Review
  • Food Safety Management System
  • Hazard & Risk Management System
  • Good Retail Practices
  • Auditor Qualifications
  • Audit Process
  • Corporate
  • Franchise
  • Store/Site

The SQF Retail/Wholesale Grocery GFSI Certification is an industry driven initiative of continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. It provides a "Gold Standard" for retailers as a foundation to further food safety initiatives.

Pre-requisites: None

Instructor: Gina Nicolson Kramer, Executive Director, Savour Food Safety

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 8am-5pm

Cost: $375.00

 

Ethical Sourcing Auditor Training

What is Ethical Sourcing?

The Safe Quality Food Institute’s Ethical Sourcing Standard (SQFI ES Standard) is a management system used by sourcing and supplier organizations to demonstrate their commitment to the implementation of responsible practices related to trading activities, environmental, and social management programs, including those related to occupational health & safety.

The SQFI ES Standard provides a core set of requirements that provide a facility with the EHS management systems to demonstrate a commitment to environmental control and social compliance.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide auditors with the knowledge about the ANAB Accredited and GSCP Benchedmarked SQFI Ethical Sourcing Standard, and is a necessary step to become qualified to audit the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Standard. The course is based on the auditing methodology documented in ISO 19011 and the technical skills necessary to audit the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Standard.  A Certificate of Attendance will be issued indicating the participant has completed SQFI ES training as one of the competencies necessary to become an SQFI Ethical Sourcing Auditor.  Supplier organizations are also welcome to attend this training to learn about the SQFI ES Standard and learn how the auditor will audit the standard. 

Pre-Requisites:

Although there are no set requirements to sit for this course, there are specific competencies to become a certified SQFI ES auditor.  This course is open to both auditors and suppliers

The goals of this two-day course are:

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Standard
  2. Comprehend the requirements to be an SQFI Ethical Sourcing Auditor
  3. Learn the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Standard Certification Assessment Requirements

DateSunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24 2016

Time: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Cost:  $850.00 per person  (includes course materials and lunch)

Instructor:  Stephen Brown, President, Certified Safety Resources

 

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance – Preventive Controls for Human Food Training (PCQI  Training) SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY

Course Description: 

An important FSMA requirement is for every processing facility to have a trained resource person or “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)“, who has completed a FDA recognized curriculum course such as the one developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), that is recognized by the FDA.   The attendee who has successfully completed this course in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls will be trained to oversee the implementation of the facility’s food safety plan and other key tasks.

Course Goal:  Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive their official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certificate from the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI).

Prerequisite:  Due to the shorter duration, this course is designed for participants with experience in food safety and who are SQF Practitioners or Auditors.

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016 and Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Instructors:
Hilary Thesmar, Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
Ashley Eisenbeiner, Director, Food and Product Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute

Cost:  $650.00 per person  (includes course materials, certificate of completion and lunch each day)

GFCP (Gluten Free Certification Program) Training for Auditors and Consultants

SQFI in conjunction with the Allergen Control Group (ACG) is pleased to provide an opportunity for interested auditors to achieve Gluten-Free Certification at the SQF Conference

The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is a management system and facility certification used by ingredient and processing manufacturers to demonstrate their commitment to the implementation of responsible practices, related to the safe and reliable production of gluten-free foods.

GFCP is endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in the USA and the Canadian Celiac Association. GFCP standard is an incremental core set of fundamental operating requirements that provide a facility with the preventative gluten management systems needed to demonstrate a commitment to gluten controls and social compliance. Successfully, implementing these requirements ensure the facility have the tools in place to meet or exceed regulatory outcomes and avoid dependency on random end-product testing.

Course Description:

The objective of this course is to provide the food industry and internal auditors with the knowledge about the ANAB Accredited Gluten-Free Certification Program, Standard Policies and Procedures, as a necessary step for a facility to successfully complete a third-party audit. The course is based on the auditing methodology documented in ISO 17021 and the technical skills necessary to train and implement the GFCP standards.  A Certificate of Attendance will be issued indicating the participant has completed GFCP Industry Training as one of the competencies recommended to acquire a GFCP Certificate of Recognition for the facility and or becoming an approved GFCP auditor.  Retailers, consultants and supplier organizations are also welcome to attend this training, to learn about the GFCP Standard and how the auditor will audit in the standard. 

Pre-Requisites:

Although there are no set requirements to sit for this course, there are specific pre-requisite competencies in order to become a certified GFCP approved auditor. 

The goals of this one-day course are:

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the GFCP standard.
  2. Comprehend the requirements to be an approved GFCP internal or third-party Auditor
  3. Learn the GFCP Standard Certification Assessment Requirements

Instructors: 

Oscar Camacho, President Superior Food Safety Inc., SQF License Training Center & SQF Certified Consultant – High Risk and SQF Certified Trainer                                                       
Paul Valder, President, Allergen Control Group Inc.

Date: Monday, October 24

Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost:  USD $850.00 per person  (includes course materials and lunch)