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Monday 15 - Tuesday 23 Nov 2021
8.30 AM - 5.00 PM


Online virtual event
Login details will be emailed to registrants

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.


Download and complete the Registration form (Word, 34KB) and forward to Dianna Castree at
P: (03) 9731 3426

Dates and Times

Event date: Nov 2021

15 November - 23 November 2021

Online virtual event

8.30 AM - 5.00 PM

Login details will be emailed to registrants
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The course involves five days of lectures in thermal processing, practical heat penetration work, process calculations, tutorials and preparation for exams (Monday 15th Nov to Friday 19 Nov). There will be two days of examinations (Monday 22nd Nov to Tuesday 23rd Nov), which will cover theory and practical thermal calculations. Participants who successfully pass the examination will be authorised to submit new thermal process schedules for approval by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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: 7 Days: 15 to 23 October 2021
  • Times: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
  • Enrolments: Restricted to approximately 12 people
  • Location: online virtual event
  • Cost: AUD $4000 (GST included) per person (Includes course manual, & certificate (pending exam results)
  • Cancellation: If received by 15 October 2021, a $320 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be paid after this date, however substitute delegates are welcome
  • 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: 15 October 2021
    Contact: Diana Castree T +61 3 9731 3426 E