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Boost your knowledge of Rapid Food Microbiology Testing, Environmental Monitoring and Interpreting Food Micro results.

Unit of Competency FBPFST5006: Apply food microbiological techniques and analysis.

Food Microbiology – Techniques and Analysis focuses on pathogenic, spoilage and fermentation microbes. Learn how to interpret food microbiology tests. The 2 day course has been designed for Quality Assurance Managers, Laboratory technicians and regulators to gain a detailed understanding of how these microbes affect food, their growth factors and how to control them. We examine both traditional and rapid food microbiology testing. Learn how rapid microbiology testing could save your organisation thousands of dollars in food microbiology testing and how this can fit with GFSI requirements.

This training workshop is delivered via Zoom classroom with an instructor with lots of class discussion and time to ask specific questions. We will send you a food microbiology testing pack where you will get an opportunity to swab up your own samples – this always proves to be lots of fun.

NFSA Food Microbiology Auditor Requirements

To become a state approved Food Safety Auditor in many states across Australia, you will need to have completed 40 hours of study in Food Microbiology. As this is a nationally accredited course, our food microbiology training contributes to the NFSA Food Safety Auditor requirements of 40 hours of Food Microbiology. For prospective food safety auditors with some food microbiology study, this workshop can work as a top up of their existing qualifications.

For those looking for a full 40 hours of Food Microbiology, this course can be combined with our 3 day Cook Chill course, which will offer you up to a full 40 hours of Food Microbiology training. Our Cook Chill training course contains is also nationally accredited and includes the unit of competency – FBPAUD5002 – Audit a cook chill process. If you need some help to work through this – please feel free to call us as we support lots of prospective auditors to achieve the qualifications required to become food safety and ISO auditors.

Need help or In-house training? Call 1300 404 505 from 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday or email [email protected]

What is Food Microbiology Training?

We wrote this food microbiology course after numerous quality managers wanted to understand how food microbes can cause contamination, disease and spoilage in more detail. Over the last five years, a series of rapid microbial tests have come to market. These tests are inexpensive and can return results within 24 hours. Rapid microbiology testing can complement traditional outsourced testing and is a great way to support initial investigations. 

Key topics covered in the food microbiology course:

  • Food borne disease – Bacteria, Viruses, Moulds and Fungi and Protozoa
  • Growth requirements, Environmental conditions and control of food microbes
  • Factors of food spoilage
  • Processes to control food microbes
  • Fermentation, such as Kombucha
  • Environmental monitoring, including using a home kit to grow your own bacteria
  • Interpreting test reports
  • ATP and protein swabbing
  • How to set up a proficiency testing program (requirement of SQF)

Food Microbiology Training Class Sizes Capped at 12

All our training courses,  are purposely capped at 12 people. Everyone has an opportunity to ask specific questions about their food business.

Whenever possible our examples are based on information supplied by class members or from our own experiences conducting food safety audits, HACCP Audits, managing food businesses or preparing clients for SQF, BRC and HACCP Certification audits.

Why QMS Audits Training?

QMS Audits, is the largest independent provider of HACCP and Freshcare Training in Australia. We are passionate about ensuring everybody who attends our training learns how to do things. If you do our 2 day online HACCP course we want you to able to write up a HACCP Plan. If you do our Internal Auditor Training, we want you to be able to conduct a detailed Internal audit and to be able to understand audit trails.

With all types of HACCP, Internal Auditor and Freshcare training  – you have to get the technical part right. You need to learn the key parts, so you can feel comfortable and prepared during an audit. But adult learning needs to be fun – otherwise you will fall asleep. We also believe that it doesn’t have to be filled with acronyms and jargon. So, instead we fill it with lots of examples taken from day-to-day life, anecdotes from clients and audits and try to make it fun and interactive. We have gone out of our way to ensure our online training courses, which are delivered as Virtual Classrooms, using Zoom, are very human and very interactive.

We had more than 100% growth in our training last year. More and more we see past students send other staff to our training – so we must be doing something right. We keep it simple and straight forward and hopefully a little bit funny (just occasionally).

Practical Advice For All Audits

At QMS Audits – we do lots of HACCP Training, HACCP Audits and help our clients to write concise HACCP Plans and well structured, simple GFSI quality manuals, such as SQF and BRC. As QA consultants we work with all of the Certification Bodies, not just one. Our advice comes from working with a range of auditors from different certification bodies, including SAI Global, SGS, Aus-Qual and Merieux Nutrisciences and small to large businesses, so you know you will be covered during any audit. Basically we know what works and what doesn’t. We know exactly what the auditors want to see.