Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology

Certificate IV   NRT
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Start date:
Mon 17 Jul 2017
 –   Ultimo
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  • Food Science and Technology course details

    Course description and aims

    This course is aimed at those working in technical and supervisory roles covering product development, food safety and quality, food production and distribution, environmental functions, and the maintenance and monitoring of food processing systems. It provides the scientific and technological knowledge to support food processing in a range of industries including general food processing, meat, seafood, poultry including chicken meat and egg processing, dairy processing, confectionery, beverages, and baking and cereals.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Food technologist, production line manager, quality systems coordinator, food safety systems officer, product development team member, processing systems coordinator, environmental systems officer (food processing).


    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake FDF50311 Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

    Expected Outcomes

    This qualification provides a senior technical level occupational outcome in
    food processing and supporting functions and covers a range of food related
    industries including but not limited to:
    - general food processing
    - meat
    - seafood
    - poultry including chicken meat and egg processing
    - dairy processing
    - confectionery
    - beverages
    - baking and cereals.

    Job roles
    This qualification targets those working in technical and supervisory
    roles covering product development, food safety and quality, food production and
    distribution, environmental functions, and the maintenance and monitoring of
    food processing systems. The job role requires technical skills and knowledge in
    the science and technology that support food processing.

    Job titles may include:
    - food technologist
    - production line manager
    - quality systems coordinator
    - food safety systems officer
    - product development team member
    - processing systems coordinator
    - environmental systems officer (food processing).

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations
    There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative
    and/or regulatory requirements. However, all work must comply with food safety,
    occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental regulations and
    legislation that apply to the workplace.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include direct entry and relevant vocational training and/or work experience.

    Enrol at any location

    Part Time Evening
    Course start:
    Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Course duration:
    18 Months
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    10 Hours per week
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
    Course Fee:
    Smart and Skilled First Qual:
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    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 10 hours of class a week over 4 days. An indication of how yourweekly timetable may look is: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    You will need to purchase a laboratory coat ($20-25), safety goggles ($10-$15) and a scientific calculator ($20-$25), permanent marker ($2) and need to wear fully covered, low heeled shoes.


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Other Information:


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Ultimo Campus, Building F, Level 7, room 24.


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    FDFFST4006AApply food preservation technologies50
    FDFFST4001AApply food processing technologies50
    FDFOP2015AApply principles of statistical process control30
    FDFAU4002ACommunicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits40
    FDFAU4003AConduct food safety audits80
    FDFTEC4003AControl food contamination and spoilage50
    FDFTEC4007ADescribe and analyse data using mathematical principles50
    FDFFST4007AEstablish operational requirements for a food processing enterprise50
    FDFTEC4009AIdentify the physical and chemical properties of materials, food and related products70
    FDFAU4004AIdentify, evaluate and control food safety hazards80
    FDFFS2001AImplement the food safety program and procedures80
    FDFFST4009ALabel foods according to legislative requirements30
    FDFOHS4002AMaintain OHS processes50
    FDFFST4002AMonitor the development and implementation of a food QA system70
    FDFFS3001AMonitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs100
    FDFFST4004APerform microbiological procedures in the food industry40
    FDFFS4001ASupervise and maintain a food safety plan70
    FDFOP2061AUse numerical applications in the workplace30



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