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Retort Supervisor's (Thermal Processing), Shepparton, Vic

  • GoTAFE 152-200 Fryers St Shepparton, VIC, 3630 Australia (map)
FoodStream and AIFST present his short course in cooperation with GOTAFE (trading name of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE - RTO 3094)

FoodStream and AIFST present his short course in cooperation with GOTAFE (trading name of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE - RTO 3094)

THIS COURSE IS NOT ABLE TO PROCEED ON THE PLANNED DATES. Please contact us to register interest in a rescheduled course.


Course information can also be downloaded as a pdf - download here.

This course provides an excellent background in the thermal processing of foods.  It is also designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively supervise retort operations. Those completing the course will understand the fundamentals of thermal processing, the practicalities of applying these processes, and how they relate to the safety and general quality of the products processed. This course was previously offered through The University of Queensland, and was approved by the former AQIS (now Dept of Agriculture).

All aspects of the thermal processing of foods packed in cans, bottles, pouches, and similar containers are covered:

  • Introduction to thermal processing
  • Thermal processing systems (including retort types)
  • Packaging systems for thermally processed foods
  • Microbiology of canned foods
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • Retort operation and production records
  • Cooling water chlorination and canning sanitation
  • Regulations relevant to thermal processing

The course includes practical training using the LaGarde Pilot Scale retort at GoTAFE.

A written exam covering the contents of the course and a practical examination of retort operations must be completed.

Planned course program is included in the Course Information pdf.


Tuesday to Friday 12 to 15 April 2016. THIS COURSE IS NOT ABLE TO PROCEED ON THE PLANNED DATES. Please contact us to register interest in a rescheduled course.

Tea/coffee will be available from 8:00 am on the first day, ready for the program to start at 8:30 am. Presentations will conclude by 1:00 pm on the final day.


GOTAFE, 152 - 200 Fryers St, Shepparton, Vic


Registration Fee:

$ 2,200 plus 10% GST (includes course notes, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas)

  • A 10% discount applies to registrations received by the early registration deadline of Friday 11 March 2016 and paid within 14 days of invoicing.
  • A further 10% discount applies for three or more course registrations received together from the same company.
  • AIFST members - a special additional 10% discount is also offered to current AIFST members (for information on AIFST membership, go to

Registrations close on Friday 1 April 2016 (to allow sufficient time for the printing of course notes)


To book places at the course, use the following registration form

We will confirm your booking  and send an invoice for your registration fees.  Fees must be paid prior to the course

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Course Presenters:

The main presenter is Mr Gordon Young. Mr Young has been involved in presenting this course for the more than 15 years. He is an Approved Person for Thermal Processing, and in that role carries out thermal process validation studies for a number of companies using a range of different retorts.

Mr Chis Bourne is also is an Approved Person for Thermal Processing, and holds a Retort Supervisor’s Certificate.  He has attended training in retort process design and process optimisation in Canada and the UK.  He has assisted in process development trials and retort temperature distribution measurements at a number of companies.

Who should attend?

Those wanting a good basic understanding of thermal processes and their application. Retort operators, line supervisors, quality assurance personnel, product development staff, and maintenance personnel will all benefit from the understanding provided by this course.

Accommodation and Transport:

Participants must organise their own accommodation, and transport to and from the venue.

What participants need to bring:

Participants are required to bring covered-in waterproof shoes, preferably steel-capped boots for the practical sessions, plus notepad, pen or pencil and highlighter.

Cancellation Policy:

Fees, less a 10% handling charge, will be refunded if participants cancel their registration prior to the closing date for registrations. Fees will not be refunded after that date, but a substitute participant will be accepted at any time.

Food Industry Engineering (FiE) reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if necessary (e.g. due to insufficient registrations). In this case a full refund of fees will be available.  FiE's Liability is limited to the registration fee only, and FoodStream cannot be held liable for air fares, accommodation, or other related expenses.

Further information & enquiries:

Use the "Contact Us" page, or contact:

  • Gordon Young, Food Industry Engineering Ph +61 414 681200

This training can also be offered to companies on-site at their facility.