UC Davis offers produce professional certificates

07/17/2013 01:12:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

UC Davis Postharvest Technology logoThe University of California, Davis, now offers a produce professional certificate program that trains participants in the best ways to handle produce from the farm to the plate.

The program—likely the first of its kind in the world—covers postharvest subjects ranging from food safety and produce physiology to transportation and ripening, accordinig to a news release.

Participants are required to take three core classes: the postharvest technology short course, the produce safety course and either the fruit ripening and retail handling workshop or the fresh-cut products workshop.

They then can customize their curriculum through a series of electives, some of which are online.

Altogether, they must satisfactorily complete 76 hours of required classes and about 44 hours of optional classes.

In addition, they must earn a total of at least 120 points on quizes.

Participants have four years to complete the program and earn a certificate.

For more information, visit UC Davis.

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