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Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology

  • National Course Code: FBP40418
  • TAFE NSW code: FBP40418-01V02-21ULT-050

Location – Ultimo


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

25 Hours per week


24 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Launch a career in food science with the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology. This is a highly practical course that allows you to indulge your analytical mind with the science and technology behind the food we eat.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Perform food tests
  • Apply nutrition principles
  • Perform microbiological procedures
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • Supervise and maintain a food safety plan


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An interest in science, food processing and math
  • An enjoyment of working with food
  • A love for challenges
  • The ability to work with specific laboratory and food processing equipment
  • A commitment to working safely
  • Teamwork skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • The opportunity become a Food Safety Auditor in NSW by completing four additional units of study

Career opportunities:

  • Food technologist
  • Production line manager
  • Quality systems coordinator
  • Food safety systems officer
  • Product development team member
  • Processing systems coordinator
  • Environmental systems officer (food processing)


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Food Science and Technology
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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


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

  • Numeracy and literacy to the equivalent of Year 10 High School level
  • Analytical skills
  • The ability to stand for periods of time
  • The ability to work independently and part of a team

Students in this course also need to be prepared to fund their own equipment, such as personable protective equipment, suitable footwear, and a scientific calculator.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • Please bring your invoice from TAFE NSW to classes.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Be able to stand for periods of time performing various laboratory and food processing tasks, be able to carry specimens from one room to adjacent ones, be dextrous enough to manipulate laboratory and pilot plant processing equipment and instruments and be able to work safely and sustainably as required. You will need to complete assessments at the required standard in a timely manner and pay all outstanding fees.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10.00am to 11.30am Virtual Info Day. Please copy the following link to your browser:

You will need access to WiFI, computer or smart mobile devices, headphones with microphones or equivalent. See you there!


This is a Full Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 24 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 24 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1.00 hour of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment/worksheet preparation and self-directed research.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • The target group consists of people who wish to work in product development, food safety and quality, food production and distribution, environmental functions, and the maintenance and monitoring of food processing systems but who lack the relevant qualifications or experience to gain the desired employment. These will be full-time students. The majority will be school leavers with some mature age students wishing change careers. You will also need personal protective equipment including laboratory coat, safety goggles, low heel fully enclosed water repellent shoes, scientifc calculator, personal stationary and masks (where social distancing is not possible).


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Literacy and Numeracy assistance by the TAFE NSW Adult Basic Education section. Contact your TAFE NSW Teacher/Head Teacher. Counselling and related support services.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled Monday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday 9:30am- 12:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am - 4.30pm and Friday 1.30 - 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • You need to bring a laboratory coat ($25), safety glasses/goggles ($10), wear fully enclosed, low heeled, water resistant food wear, bring a scientific calculator ($20), permanent marking pen($2), personal stationery and masks (where social distancing is not possible).


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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.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
FBPFST4004 Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFST4011 Apply the principles of nutrition to food processing
FBPFSY4001 Supervise and maintain a food safety plan
FBPTEC4003 Control food contamination and spoilage
FBPTEC4007 Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
MSL974020 Perform food tests
MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
FBPAUD4002 Communicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits
FBPAUD4003 Conduct food safety audits
FBPAUD4004 Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards
FBPFST4006 Apply food preservation technologies
FBPFST4009 Label foods according to legislative requirements
FBPFST4010 Apply sensory analysis in food processing
FBPOPR4001 Apply principles of statistical process control
FBPTEC4002 Apply principles of food packaging
FBPTEC4004 Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing
FBPTEC4005 Apply an understanding of food additives
FBPTEC4009 Identify the physical and chemical properties of materials, food and related products
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
FBPAUD4002 Communicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
  • food technologist
  • production line manager
  • quality systems coordinator
  • food safety systems officer
  • product development team member
  • processing systems coordinator
  • environmental systems officer (food processing)

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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