Retort Supervisors Course

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Date(s) - 13 Jan 2015 until 16 Jan 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Food Industry Centre, Goulburn-Ovens TAFE


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


Course information will soon be available as a pdf.

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively supervise retort operations. Those completing the course will understand their responsibilities and how these relate to the safety and general quality of the products processed.

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

  • Introduction to canning
  • Retort systems and container handling
  • 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

The course includes practical training using the Pilot Plant Facilities at GoTAFE Shepparton.

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

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Tentative dates – 13 to 16 April 2015

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.


Food Industry Centre, Goulburn-Ovens TAFE, Fryers Street, Shepparton, Victoria

Registration Fee:

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

Registrations close on Monday 30 March 2015 (to allow sufficient time for the printing of course notes)

To register use the booking form below and  we will send you the GoTAFE enrolment form.

On receipt of your enrolment form/s (or a company order), an invoice will be issued, with payment 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 last ten 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.

Who should attend?

Retort operators, line supervisors, quality assurance personnel, product development staff, and maintenance personnel will all benefit from the understanding of retort processing provided by this course.

Accommodation and Transport:

Participants must organise their own accommodation, and transport to and from their chosen 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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