Upcoming Events & Trainings

Upcoming Events & Training


Food Processing Metal Detector Operator Training

This online on-demand training teaches metal detector operators the proper calibration and use of metal detectors as well as the importance of metal detectors in ensuring the safety of the final product.  Interactive questions are embedded throughout the modules to test participant learning and emphasize important concepts. Supervisors may purchase bulk registrations at a discounted rate and monitor employee progress as they complete the training. For more information contact us sef@gmaonline.org.


Improve & Sustain Your Food Safety Culture: A Program for Industry Leaders
September 18, 2017
Austin, TX
Develop Your Food Safety Culture Blueprint!
Senior leaders need to assess, manage, and communicate food safety risks and foster a strong food safety culture at their companies. The GMA Science and Education Foundation, Alchemy Systems, and Cultivate have partnered to offer a comprehensive and practical program developed for food industry senior leaders who have limited time, yet recognize the importance of food safety. From this seminar, you will walk away with a plan specific to your company for improving and sustaining a culture of food safety.

Industrial Food Safety: Sanitation Operator Training
A Train-the-Trainer Program
October 3-6, 2017
Talon Business Center
5891 Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Recognized by industry organizations, this course is intended to provide job-seekers and front-line workers with a comprehensive overview of what is required to clean and sanitize food manufacturing equipment and facilities to ensure safe food production. Persons completing this training will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to oversee implementation of proper cleaning and sanitizing in their own manufacturing facilities. The course is comprised of 20 course modules (14 foundation level and 6 specialized level) and is instructor-led with facilitated discussions, activities and hands-on practice to reinforce the objectives.

Cost: GMA Member - $1400; GMA Non-member - $1500
Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Course at the Food Safety Consortium
November 27-29, 2017

The Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) course, textbook, exam and credential prepare the food safety professional to meet the compliance expectations of Preventive Controls and FSMA.  

FSMA mandates that food facilities take increasing responsibility to ensure their food safety plans are adequate.  The CCFS course and textbook provide the in-depth knowledge that a preventive controls qualified individual needs to do their job.  The CCFS credential shows that the individual has proven they have the broad body of knowledge needed by the professional.  

The CCFS credential was designed for individuals looking to pursue a growth path in the food safety sector, whether in a regulatory/oversight role or in a food safety management position.

The CCFS credential is a mark of distinction for those in the food safety field that are wishing to demonstrate expertise in the manufacturing and processing areas.

CCFS Candidate Information Brochure

You must apply for the credential and be eligible to sit for the exam.  Students must have their application submitted to NEHA by October 20th in order to be eligible to sit. Students are not required to apply for the credential to take the course.

NEHA CCFS Credential Application

Cost: $699


Better Process Control School

This is a tailored company specific training in plants that pack and thermally process low-acid and acidified foods.  Subject areas include thermal processing system operations, microbiological food safety, equipment operations, and acidification and container closure evaluation. The course meets FDA and USDA regulations and is an important and valuable educational opportunity for operators, mid-level managers and employees of food processing plants that utilize thermal processing. Contact sef@gmaonline.org for a quote today. Our instructors are long time thermal processing specialists with years of experience in industry and we will work with your plants to schedule trainings that fits your needs. To schedule a course at your facility, contact us at sef@gmaonline.org.

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) is a credential for food safety professionals who work to assure food is safe for consumers by managing or evaluating food facilities and food manufacturing processes. This is accomplished by conducting risk assessments, observing and training staff, assessing the physical facility, and assuring corrective measures are implemented to control hazards and prevent foodborne illness.
The GMA SEF is recognized by the National Association for Environmental Health as the exclusive industry trainer for the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) course. This 2.5 day course prepares food safety experts to take the CCFS Credential Exam.  
Learn more about the CCFS credential and eligibility.  

Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance Training (FSPCA)

The GMA SEF will be a key provider of Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance training courses. The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a broad-based public private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food in complying with the preventive controls regulations that will be part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). For more information contact us sef@gmaonline.org.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Online and onsite courses are available through GMA. The GMA SEF offers HACCP Train the Trainer workshops in order to prepare and qualify candidates for accreditation as International HACCP Alliance Lead Instructors.