In building our learning framework, one of our key tasks is to define the specific competencies that relate to each food protection activity. We are doing this by understanding what is common to all stakeholders. Because the spectrum of food protection jobs is wide, Safe Food Canada takes a competency-based approach. What this means is that we assess job tasks in terms of what competencies are required and then guide the design of learning experiences to deliver those capabilities. Read our concept paper for more on the big picture.
We believe that by building a competency-based framework, we strengthen the consistency and quality of food protection learning nationwide.
Food protection can involve diverse responsibilities for regulating communities, researchers, policy makers and industry workers, but they all share fundamental competency requirements. For example, sanitation, food law and communication skills. With a clear definition of competencies that are linked to tasks in food protection, learning institutions and private training providers can develop curricula and courses that deliver those competencies.
Another key element of our work entails the certification of courses, programs and providers. This involves working with such international organization as the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and partners in the training and academic community.