Food Inspection Module - Continuing Professional Development

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Aimed at food safety officers having obtained the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection (HCFPI), completion of the Food Inspection module represents half of the conditions required to convert to a Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC), as outlined by the Food Law Code of Practice.

The Food Inspection module is a six day course arming working professionals and industry personnel with valuable skills related to food inspection and control in the scope of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

Successful completion of the module provides evidence that the candidate is suitably qualified to inspect, seize and detain food, and can contribute to the award of the Higher Certificate in Food Control.

The Food Inspection module is a ten credit module accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health which may be taken by holder of the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection.

The course is held over six days arranged in two blocks of three consecutive days, with an additional, separate date for the examination. The 2019 course will be held on the 14-16 May and 11-13 June 2019. The date of the final examination is Thursday 04 of July 2019. Lectures will take place on the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus and practical session will be conducted at the Birmingham City Council.

Successful completion of the module provides evidence that the candidate is suitably qualified to inspect food and, together with the Food Standards Endorsement, will meet the requirements for the Higher Certificate in Food Control. Officers with the Higher Certificate in Food Control may be authorised to use section 9 of the Food Safety Act 1990.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees for the 2019 course amount to £650.00 per candidate.

How to apply

The Food Inspection module is available to holders of the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection.

Please complete the registration form (word document) and return it as soon as possible, together with the tuition fee to:

Gill Burrows, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.
Tel: (+44) (0) 121 414 9151
Email: g.burrows@bham.ac.uk

Applications close on the 16 April 2019 (4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course). Please note that a limited number of 24 places are available on the course, which will be allocated strictly on a first-come-first-served basis with payment required to secure a place.

The module covers the identification and examination of common foods and food sources and judgement of their fitness for human consumption. This module will include:

  • the judgement of fitness
  • gross post-mortem evidence of pathological conditions of common food animals including fish, shellfish and products of animal origin
  • spoilage
  • product recall and traceability, import and export of foodstuffs, healthmarking
  • appropriate legal responses to fit, unfit and unsaleable food

Assessment is in an oral, practical examination during which the candidate must demonstrate their ability to correctly identify common foodstuffs and make accurate decisions about their fitness for human consumption.

The course tutors and examiners are food specialists and have a broad experience of food inspection.

Authorised officers delivering official controls on behalf of the local authority must be properly trained and updated.

The Food Inspection module is an ideal update for experienced officers taking on new responsibilities ( e.g. TSO’s moving into food hygiene) or as part of a conversion  from the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection to the Higher Certificate in Food Control.