National code: FBP40421

Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology

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Overview About this course

Prepare to make food safe from paddock to plate for millions of Australians as a food technologist. Put on your lab coat and scientifically inspect food and workplaces in a critical, growing industry.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Apply nutrition principles to food processing

  • Perform chemical and physical food tests

  • Monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

  • Supervise and maintain a food safety plan

  • Control food contamination and spoilage

  • Apply microbiological procedures

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level

  • Techniques to test food safety

  • The opportunity to become a Food Safety Auditor in NSW by completing 3 speciality units

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Analytical skills

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • A computer or similar device with an internet connection

  • Personal protective equipment including a laboratory coat, safety glasses/goggles and fully enclosed, low heeled, water repellent shoes

  • A scientific calculator, permanent marking pens and stationery

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Food technologist, Production line manager, Quality systems coordinator, Food safety systems officer, Product development team member and Environmental systems officer (food processing)

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 units of competency, including 8 core and 12 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply the principles of nutrition to food processing FBPFST4011

  • Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles FBPTEC4007

  • Control food contamination and spoilage FBPTEC4003

  • Supervise and maintain a food safety plan FBPFSY4001

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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