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.