Online Produce Safety Supervisor Training

Online, and self-paced produce safety course designed specifically for farm supervisors. Course Cost: $100


Cost is $100. Pre-registration is required. Registration ends one week before the course begins.

February 7 – 25, 2022
April 4 – 22, 2022
June 6 – 24, 2022
Aug 1 – 19, 2022


This course is designed to help farm food safety supervisors learn more about the requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to use relevant resources to support their farm's compliance with the rule.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the basic requirements under FSMA that fall within your job responsibilities
  • Identify risks you encounter daily in your job better
  • Have a list of emergency response items tailored to the risks your employees encounter
  • Develop a skill based training plan for your employees

Course Details

The course is taught in nine short modules divided over two weeks. An additional week is given to finish any assignments from the second week of class. The course is held online through D2L.

Although this course is self paced, participation in the weekly discussions is encouraged. This course will require about 4 hours of your time and includes useful assignments that relate to your work on the farm.

Week 1

Module 1: The Basics

  • Bacterial Growth
  • Prioritizing Risk

Module 2: Cleaning Surfaces

  • Classifying Various Kinds of Filth
  • Determining Which Surfactants Work Best

Module 3: Hygienic Design

  • Hygienic Design Checklist
  • Smooth and Cleanable Surfaces

Module 4: Worker Training Soft Skills

  • Understanding Importance of Produce Safety Training
  • Creating Worker Training Programs

Week 2

Module 5: Wildlife Scouting

  • Key Techniques for Wildlife Scouting

Module 6: Retraining

  • Identifying When to Retrain Workers
  • Developing a Noncompliance Policy

Module 7: Water

  • Understanding the Requirements
  • Taking a Water Sample

Module 8: On-Farm Composting

  • Risks to Making Compost On Farm
  • Determining if Material Is Finished Compost

Module 9: Recordkeeping

  • What Records are Required?
  • Developing a New Record Log Relevant to You

Week 3

Time to finish any remaining assignments. Certificates will be issued to those who complete all requirements of the course.

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