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Food Inspection Training Program . MDA Training Checklist ... •Online courses have reduced the amount of face to face training but not eliminated it
Food Inspection Training Program

MDA Training Checklist • 2006 MDA Food Inspection Training Curriculum & Courses established • 2012 reformatted the training checklist to categorize courses according the MFRPS subject areas • Checklist is used as a guide for new employees – Includes both retail and manufactured food training – Includes face to face in-house, online and independent study – General Orientation, Basic Training, Advanced Training and Training Inspection Logs 2


Current Work • The checklist is currently being revised and translated into a Training Manual and Catalog – Includes narrative descriptions of the training program – Includes an in-house course catalog – Each course page provides a course description, estimated duration, objectives of the course, describes the assessment and categorizes the course into a MFRPS subject area 4

Current Work • While creating the Training Manual, a workgroup will evaluate the Food Program Training curriculum – MDA would eventually like to conform with IFPTI models and follow the guidance of national training committees 5

Topic / Course Name: 21 CFR 110 Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) Subject Area: Prevailing Statutes and Regulations Delivery: Instructor led, classroom. Duration: 12 hours Description: This course is in-depth instruction on 21 CFR 110 (Good Manufacturing Practices) for new inspectors in order to prepare them for conducting food manufacturing and food warehouse inspections. Inspectors will be given guidance to conduct risk-based inspections within food manufacturing and warehousing operations and to apply the regulation for any violative conditions noted. Applicable current science, codes, regulations, and laws supplemental to GMP inspection and enforcement will be also be introduced and discussed. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1) 2) 3)

Have a working knowledge of 21 CFR 110 and be able to apply the regulation when conducting food manufacturing and warehousing inspection. Identify violative conditions present within a food manufacturing or warehousing operation and prioritize conditions based on risk to public health and food safety. Properly document violations of the Regulation, observations of conditions present within the firm, and ensure corrective action is taken in a timely manner.

Student Assessment Type: At the conclusion of the course, students must perform a written assessment of their knowledge gained during the course and their ability to apply it to manufacturing/warehousing inspections. Students are given various scenarios in which violative conditions are present and must document the appropriate CFR reference, observations, and reasonable timeframe for correction based on risk to public health and food safety.


Paper to Computer • Absorb Learning Management System (LMS) will now manage course content, online course delivery, course and learner data • Also being used by IFPTI


Absorb LMS – User Home Page


Absorb User – Courses Page


Absorb User – Course Descriptions


Absorb User - Resources


Absorb User - Calendar


Absorb- Online Courses • MDA is working on transforming PowerPoint's into SCORM courses with the use of Articulate and Captivate software • Courses can now be delivered online and include narration, quizzes, exams, and resources in one place • These courses can be launched directly from the learner’s Absorb account 13

Absorb – Online Courses • Online courses have reduced the amount of face to face training but not eliminated it – Used as a prerequisite to an instructor led course to introduce topics and cover pre-course principles – Is being used to deliver annual safety training and supplemented by a short face to face presentation vs. annual 2-3 hour face to face presentation – Can be used to administer follow up exams or evaluations to measure learning 14

Absorb – Admin Portal • Supervisors and Managers have access to training activities of their staff • Can create customized learner activity reports • Can create and assign online courses • Instructors can be given access to mark attendance at courses and grade students 15

Absorb Admin – Summary Page


Absorb Admin – Reports


Absorb Admin - Reports


Absorb Admin – Learner Activity


Absorb Admin – Learner Activity


Transitioning the Training Program • Significant time commitment is required to migrate from a paper or data only based system (Excel, Access) to an LMS • Once system is developed and populated, maintenance should be easier and reporting functions very robust • Responding to audits will be easier 21

Challenges • Certificates cannot be uploaded to Absorb so MDA is using SharePoint to supplement the system – Tracking joint inspections and reports as required by MFRPS and Retail Standards – Maintaining an electronic copy of certificates for staff 22

Challenges • Transitioning to a new LMS while concurrently training new and veteran staff – Set a start date for using the new system – Don’t try to import old records unless absolutely necessary – the old database (Access) will be the go to place for records prior to October 1st, 2011

• Training supervisors, administrators and instructors on the new system – In process… 23