UC-Davis program to certify produce industry professionals
DAVIS, Calif. -- A university department here has developed a certification for produce professionals that covers such topics as safety, new technologies, physiology, harvesting, cooling, transportation and other aspects of the industry.
The University of California-Davis' Postharvest Technology Center's first-ever Produce Professional Certificate Program is led by a cadre of the most respected experts in postharvest technology, according to a university news release.
The certificate program will help employers, job-seekers and anyone who wants to expand their postharvest expertise, the release states. The program is designed for anyone in the fresh produce industry and will help job applicants establish their credentials, center officials said.
Participants can choose from an a-la-carte menu of classes in addition to three core cleasses -- the postharvest technology short course, a produce safety course and workshops on fruit ripening and retail handling or fresh cut products. Depending on the courses chosen, the certificate program will cost about $7,500 over four years.