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Frequently Asked Questions

Cornell University’s Dairy Extension Program is offering curriculum based certificates in the areas of fluid milk processing for quality and safety; yogurt and fermented dairy products; and cheese and cheese products. Following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the program.

Is the Certificate Program for industry or academia?

The program is designed for anyone in industry and/or academia.

Does regulatory “recognize” the Certificate Program?

‚ÄčWhile regulatory does not officially recognize the certificate programs, depending on the agency, certain training components of the programs may be acceptable for meeting required training under the applicable regulations. For example, the High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Course meets the training requirement for operating under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance broken seal program in NY State. The HACCP training meets the training requirement for those in the NCIMS voluntary HACCP program on a national level.

Why do I need Certification – What is the Benefit of Enrolling?

The program is designed to provide focused and comprehensive training that will enhance knowledge and skills that can be applied in dairy processing.
Question: Do I have to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to be able to take any of the workshops/courses offered as part of the program?
Answer: No, you do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to take any of the Dairy Extension workshops -- all training courses offered by the CU Dairy Foods Extension Program may be taken as stand-alone programs.

How are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned?

Each course has been assigned 1-3 continuing education units based upon student contact hours. 1 continuing education unit is assigned for every 10 student contact hours. Note that continuing education units (CEUs) are required for the basic (1.5 every 3 yrs.) and advanced (2.5 every 3 yrs.) to maintain certification. If you received your Basic Certification, and there has been a lapse in CEU credits after three years all courses must be re-taken.

How long is a Basic Certificate good for?

Basic Certification is valid for three (3) years. Note that continuing education units (CEUs) are required for the basic (1.5 every 3 yrs.) and advanced (2.5 every 3 yrs.) to maintain certification. If you received your Basic Certification, and there has been a lapse in CEU credits after three years all courses must be re-taken.

I received the Basic Certificate “5” years ago and want to enroll in the Advanced Program – is my Basic Certificate still valid?

If you received your Basic Certificate 5 years ago or less, and have/are fulfilling your CEU credits, your Basic Certificate remains valid. You might consider retaking some of the basic courses or taking a refresher course.

If I have already taken a required course for either the Basic or Advanced certificate “5” years ago – does that still qualify toward credit?

Yes, credit will be given as long as the required course has been taken within 3-5 years and you have proof of successful completion of the course.

What is the timeline for completion of the requirements for Basic Certification?

The program should be completed within 3 years.

What is the timeline for completion of the requirements for Advanced Certification?

The Advanced Certification Program is under development. Currently, enrollees must have completed the requirements /received the Basic Certification, and have 3 years proven experience.

If I have enrolled and received my Fermented Product Certification – how much time do I have to complete the Cheese and Cheese Product requirements for certification?

You have 3-5 years with proof of successful completion of the requirements.

Who monitors the status of all participants?

The Dairy Foods Certificate Program Coordinator.

If I am enrolled in the Certificate Program – am I responsible for tracking my progress, or will I have an “advisor” that will keep me on track and advise on my status/progress.

Enrollees will be responsible for tracking their own progress – progress can be verified by contacting the program coordinator.

If I did not pass the exam after a course, can I re-take it at another time?

Yes, enrollees have up to one year to re-take an exam without re-taking the course.

How often can I re-take an exam until I pass?

If a course exam is failed two (2) times, you must re-take the course before the exam can be re-taken.