Extension Food Science and Technology (EFST) provides the public and the food industry with workshops and on-site training programs. Food safety trainings enable businesses to develop and implement a food safety or HACCP plan tailored to their own operation, which minimizes the risk of contamination of their food product by human pathogens. Below you will find information on upcoming workshops. If you do not see the workshop you need, please email to make a request!

Better Process Control School

Upcoming Events:

November 14th - 17th, 2023 - Griffin, GA

The Better Process Control School offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors of acidification, thermal processing, and container closure evaluation operations during the canning of low-acid or acidified foods.

Currently, our online school is unavailable.


Bridging the GAPS: Approaches for Treating Preharvest Agricultural Water On

Upcoming Events:

Dates coming soon.

Fruit and vegetable growers are continually assessing their operations to determine where they can limit risk and increase productivity. As a result, many have expressed interest in learning more about how on-farm preharvest water treatment systems work and how they may fit within their current setup. Join this virtual training to learn about different approaches to treating water on-farm; how to implement these systems to meet requirements of the Produce Safety Rule; and how to verify that the system is operating as intended.

Farm Food Safety Trainings & Workshops

Upcoming Events:

Coming Soon

If you're a fruit, vegetable, or nut grower in Georgia and unsure of where to find food safety resources for regulatory, buyer, or third-party audit requirements, UGA Extension can help. Our Food Science and Technology specialists offer trainings and on-sight farm, packinghouse, or facility visits throughout the state. If you don't see a workshop or service listed that you think your farm needs, let us know!




Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for Produce Packinghouses

Upcoming Events:

General HACCP October 19th & 20th, 2023 in Athens, GA

If your auditor or buyer requires a HACCP trained individual on your operation, we can help you out. Our food safety specialists are lead trainers recognized by the International HACCP Alliance, and we partner with other universities throughout the southeast to ensure our attendees get the benefit of instructors with diverse commodity experience. All attendees of our two-day course will have the knowledge necessary to build and maintain a HACCP program for a produce packinghouse.

For additional courses that meet seafood HACCP training requirements, please visit the UGA Marine Extension webpage.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings (GDA with UGA Extension)

Upcoming Events:

November 1st, 2023 (Virtual)

Growers of fresh produce commodities that are frequently consumed raw, who also generate more than $25,000 annually in produce sales (adjusted for inflation; three year average) may have to comply with the FDA's Produce Safety Rule. Every farm covered by the Produce Safety Rule must have one person who has received food safety training, and the PSA Grower Training curriculum is currently the only approved course. UGA specialists work with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to offer these courses throughout the state. If you're interested in learning more about upcoming courses, visit the GDA's Farm Safety Program website for locations and dates.

Preventive Controls for Human Food

Upcoming Events:

Coming soon!

Have you been told you need a PCQI, but you aren't sure what that means? The acronym stands for "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual", and food manufacturers covered by the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule are required to employ or contract with at least one such individual. A PCQI is responsible for developing a processor's food safety plan and ensuring all aspects of the plan are properly implemented. This 2.5-day course uses the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance curriculum. UGA extension offers generic Preventive Controls training for all segments of the food industry, as well as specific trainings for the fresh-cut and nut industries.


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Workshop Calendar

Transform your acidified homemade culinary creations and low-acid food products into thriving businesses. Gain knowledge, tools, and inspiration for success in local markets, online brands, and unique distribution channels.
Sep 30
8:00AM - 4:00PM From Homemade to Homerun Melton Building, GRIFFIN, GA
This International HACCP Alliance accredited course discusses produce safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, and how to develop food safety programs based on the core principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). This course does not meet seafood HACCP training requirements required for seafood wholesalers by the US FDA and Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. Registration will open on July 17th at 8 am and close on October 10th, 2023 at 4 pm.
Oct 19
10/19 8:00AM - 10/20 5:00PM General HACCP Food Science, ATHENS, GA
The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
Nov 01
8:00AM - 5:00PM Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule Online Event
The Better Process Control School offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors of acidification, thermal processing, and container closure evaluation operations during the canning of low-acid or acidified foods. When: November 7th-9th, 2023 (8 am - 5pm)Where: 240 Food Science Bldg. | 100 Cedar Street | Athens, GA 30602
Nov 14
11/14 8:00AM - 11/16 5:00PM In Person Better Process Control School Food Science, ATHENS, GA
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Online Trainings

The online Better Process Control School is currently under rennovation. We will return soon! Please visit NC State or Tennesse for online options.

On-Site Technical Support and Training

In-Plant HACCP Certification Programs

This is a service to assist with problems on deficiencies, sanitation problems, and product quality standards. A HACCP training workshop may be provided for quality assurance and supervisory personnel for a nominal fee.

In-Plant Food Safety or Sanitation Audit and Training

This technical support, for a nominal fee, is designed to provide insight and evaluation for plant efficiency improvements, regulatory compliance, and product safety. This may be followed by a comprehensive workshop for plant management and supervisors to develop further food safety measures.

Please contact our office at 706-542-2574 or for more details and to discuss how we can help your business!

Water Systems Workshops

Upcoming Events:
The Water Systems Workshop aims to promote greater understanding of water systems, water assessments, including FDA's proposed Water Builder Tool, and water distribution equipment and connections. This workshop is designed to be interactive using presentations that encourage discussions, scenario-based small group breakouts, and hands-on activities. The workshop is structured to accommodate regional considerations within the content. Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate their water systems for risk factors that may affect the safety of fresh produce for human consumption. This work is done in partnership with the FDA, The Georgia Department of Agriculture, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, The Alabama Cooperative Extension, Georgia Cooperative Extension, Auburn University, and the University of Georgia.