This course will provide participants with necessary skills to design a safe and commercially viable thermal schedule for the processing of low-acid food products in hermetically sealed packaging.


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Event date: 18May 2020

Monday 18 - Friday 22 May 2020

CSIRO's Food Innovation Centre

  • 8.30 AM - 5.00 PM

671 Sneydes Road, Werribee Vic Australia
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The course involves four days of lectures in thermal processing, practical heat penetration work, process calculations, tutorials and preparation for exams. Two examinations will be given on the fifth day, which will cover theory and practical thermal processing calculations. Participants who successfully pass the examinations will be authorised to submit new thermal process schedules for approval by Department of Agriculture. New Zealand participants will also be authorised with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

Course modules

  1. Microbiology of cannery operations
  2. Thermal processing concepts
  3. Heat resistance of microorganisms
  4. The trapezoidal integration method
  5. Mathematics of heat transfer
  6. The Gillespy method
  7. Calculations for non-scheduled processes
  8. Retorting and over-pressure
  9. Techniques for validating retort performance
  10. Application of the HACCP system to heat processing
  11. Packaging for heat processed foods


  • Duration: 5 Days - 18 to 22 May 2020
  • Times: 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Enrolments: Restricted to approximately 12 people
  • Location: CSIRO Agriculture & Food
    671 Sneydes Road, Werribee, Victoria, Australia.
  • Cost: AUD$3,500 (GST included) per person (Includes lunches, course manual, & certificate (pending exam results)
  • Cancellation: If received by 20 April 2020, a $320 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be paid after this date, however substitute delegates are welcome
  • Clothing: Please have safety boots available. Protective coats provided
  • Accommodation: Not included. Contact us for local accommodation options.
  • What to bring: Good scientific calculator with log and power functions as a minimum
  • Course frequency: CSIRO generally hold this course twice per year, It is occasionally held in New Zealand and in-house at companies' request. Do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about future course dates and locations.
  • Course Cancellation: Courses may be cancelled if numbers are insufficient by the registration closing date.
  • Closing date: 20 April 2019
    Contact: Diana Castree | T +61 3 9731 3426 | E