Introduction to Food Microbiology

An online course to increase awareness and knowledge of food safety and safe food handling procedures as they relate to the principles of food microbiology.

The Introduction to Food Microbiology course content emphasizes food safety awareness practices as found within the food service and food processing industries, to make it as practical and relevant for learners as possible. It stands alone as one of the few courses on food microbiology available to the general public without post-secondary specialization in this field.

This course is designed for:

  • Potential FOODSAFE and MarketSafe instructors who lack the required background in food microbiology
  • Current instructors or individuals involved in food safety who would like to complete a refresher on food microbiology
  • Individuals in the food service and hospitality industry or food processing sector who would like to gain a better understanding of food microbiology
  • General public interested in this topic

The course is similar in length to a regular post-secondary course (30-40 hours of work) and individuals are provided with three months to complete it, including the necessary readings, at their own pace.

It is available at a low cost with a freely available open textbook that can be read online or downloaded.

Take Introduction to Food Microbiology Online

The Introduction to Food Microbiology online course uses Open School BC's learning management system and hosting service. This course delivers content in an organized and methodical, step-by-step instructional process that promotes a learner-centered approach to safety awareness.

Participants can download their workbook directly from the course or use the open text online.

Individuals who successfully complete the course can print their certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Duration: You have 90 days to work through the course content, participate in the discussions, complete the assignments and write the quiz.

Fee: $75

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