Retort Supervisor’s Course (Thermal Processing), incorporating Can Seam Analysis

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Date(s) - 20 Oct 2014 until 23 Oct 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

BNY Trading


This short course is presented by FoodStream in conjunction with the Food Industry Centre at Goulburn-Ovens TAFE, Shepparton, Victoria.


Course information can also be downloaded as a pdf here.

This course provides an excellent background in the thermal processing of foods.  It is also designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively supervise retort operations. Those completing the course will understand the fundamentals of thermal processing, the practicalities of applying these processes, and how they relate to the safety and general quality of the products processed. This course was previously offered through The University of Queensland, and was approved by the former AQIS (now Dept of Agriculture).

All aspects of the thermal processing of foods packed in cans, bottles, pouches, and similar containers are covered:

  • Introduction to thermal processing
  • Thermal processing systems
  • Packaging systems for thermally processed foods
  • Microbiology of canned foods
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • Retort operation and production records
  • Cooling water chlorination and canning sanitation
  • Regulations relevant to thermal processing

In addition, opportunity will be provided for specific training in monitoring and analysis of can seams.  Ensuring the integrity of pack closures is essential to maintaining the safe shelf life of the product.  Topics covered include:

  • Can double seams – terminology, construction and formation, reading a can micrometer
  • Can visual defects
  • Can seam teardown (practical and assessment)

Note: After covering general principles, those who do not process product in steel cans will be given the option to do other practical work as an alternative to in-depth can seam training.

The course includes practical training using the processing facilities (both water spray overpressure retort and manual saturated steam retort) at BNY Trading.

written exam covering the contents of the course and a practical examination of retort operations must be completed.

Download planned course program


20 to 23 October 2014

Tea/coffee will be available from 8:00 am on the first day, ready for the program to start at 8:30 am. Presentations will conclude by 4:00 pm on the final day.


BNY Trading, 57 Newheath Drive, Arundel, Q 4214

Registration Fee:

$ 2,200 plus GST (includes course notes, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas)

  • A 10% discount applies to registrations received by the early registration deadline of Friday 5 September 2014 and paid within 14 days of invoicing.
  • A further 10% discount applies for three or more course registrations received together from the same company.

Registrations close on Friday 10 October 2014 (to allow sufficient time for the printing of course notes)

To register, use the booking form below.  On receipt of your booking, an invoice will be sent, along with a GoTAFE enrolment form (required for formal issue of the Retort Supervisor’s Certificate. Payment is required prior to the course.

Course Presenters:

The main presenter is Mr Gordon Young. Mr Young has been involved in presenting this course for the more than 15 years. He is an Approved Person for Thermal Processing, and in that role carries out thermal process validation studies for a number of companies using a range of different retorts.

Mr Chis Bourne is also is an Approved Person for Thermal Processing, and holds a Retort Supervisor’s Certificate.  He has attended training in retort process design and process optimisation in Canada and the UK.  He has assisted in process development trials and retort temperature distribution measurements at a number of companies.

Mr Ross Millewski has expertise in can seam analysis, and is highly experienced in training in seaming/retorting.

Who should attend?

Those wanting a good basic understanding of thermal processes and their application. Retort operators, line supervisors, quality assurance personnel, product development staff, and maintenance personnel will all benefit from the understanding provided by this course.

Accommodation and Transport:

Participants must organise their own accommodation, and transport to and from the venue.

What participants need to bring:

Participants are required to bring covered-in waterproof shoes, preferably steel-capped boots for the practical sessions, plus notepad, pen or pencil and highlighter.

Cancellation Policy:

Fees, less a 10% handling charge, will be refunded if participants cancel their registration prior to the closing date for registrations. Fees will not be refunded after that date, but a substitute participant will be accepted at any time.

Foodstream Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if necessary (e.g. due to insufficient registrations). In this case a full refund of fees will be available.  FoodStream’s Liability is limited to the registration fee only, and FoodStream cannot be held liable for air fares, accommodation, or other related expenses.

Further information & enquiries:

Use the contact form on this page.

This training can also be offered to companies on-site at their facility.


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