Workshops, Certificates and Certifications

Professional and Career Training Workshops, Certificates, and Certifications


Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program

This certificate program is an intensive, hands-on, four-part basic training program designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to enter employment in the meat processing industry. The program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandising and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training includes: animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, valued-added products, safety, sanitation, packaging, and HACCP standards.

For individuals who are unable to attend the four-week long training, the certificate can be achieved by successfully completing all components at different times: (CEU = Continuing Educational Units).

Dates: May 11- June 10, 2020

Location: SUNY Cobleskill

Price: $4,950 

Register here for the Meat Processing and Food Safety Cert 


 Sausage Making Workshop

This one-day workshop will dive into the world of basic charcuterie.  In both classroom and lab setting, participants will observe the basic breakdown of pork for sausage and have hands on experience to the basic steps of fresh sausage fabrication including: meat selection, grinding, spices, stuffing and sampling.  Lab experience will occur following federal regulations in the USDA inspected meat processing facility.  Lunch is included. (Limited to 15 attendees)


*Stay tuned for future dates.. 


Fiber Sorting, Classing and Grading Certificate Program

The goal of this certificate is to provide professional training which will lead to standardize sorting and grading of natural animal fibers in the United States thereby supporting and enhancing the natural fiber textile industry across the country. Classes are taught throughout the country with instruction provided by certified Master Sorter/Grader/Classer professionals from SGC (Sorting Grading Classing).

Upon successful completion of all parts of the certificate, and approval by SGC, participants will receive a SUNY Cobleskill Fiber Sorting, Grading, & Classing Certificate and will be a certified Master Sorter.  Continuing education and a refresher course is required every three years after the initial certification to maintain the professional status. The certification includes three parts:

Date: April 4, 2020

                                         Location: New Mexico Mining and Technology Institute               Socorro, NM

 Basic Class $150  

Register Here for Basic Fiber Workshop


PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) is an international non-profit organization that promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted therapy for people with special needs. SUNY Cobleskill is an approved certification site. We typically offer annual trainings and certification examinations. 



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Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL)

Workshop  &  Skills Test

Expert professionals, Susanne Haseman and Amanda Hogan, will share their knowledge on mental health and learning issues while working with equine partners.

Susanne Haseman • Med, LCMHC, CEIP-MH, ESMHL Curriculum/ Workshop and PATH Int’l Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Amanda Hogan • PATH Int’l Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, ESMHL and Co-author of ESMHL Curriculum/ Workshop.

 3 Day ESMHL Workshop ONLY                      Registrered Skills Test ONLY**                                                        $550   March 15 - 17                                        $150   March 18

 3 Day ESMHL Workshop & Skills Test          Auditors ONLY                                                                                    $600   March 15-18                                          $150 March 15 - 17

**For Registered Skills Test: MUST have proof of having attended a ESMHL Workshop within the previous two years or provide Registered Certification resubmission letter. MUST be 21 years of age or older.

Email proof of attendance to ESMHL Workshop to PernatDG@cobleskill.edu or mail to:

SUNY Cobleskill
Attn: Deb Pernat
Knapp 223
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Register for the ESMHL Workshop


Beekeeper Trainings

 Basic Beekeeping Workshop

Date: February 22, 2020 

Location: SUNY Cobleskill


Register Here for Basic Beekeeping


Artificial Insemination Training

This class is designed to practice the techniques needed to successfully artificially inseminate cattle. Training on all artificial insemination techniques will be carried out on live animals. (Lunch is not included)

Artificial Insemination Training

Dates: Tuesday, February 25 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

            Wednesday, February 26 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm

            Thursday, Febraury 27 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm

All Dates are Required

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Canine Training Programs

AWS Amazon Certified Solutions Architect Preparatory Course


If you have any questions, please contact Deb Pernat at 518-255-5528 or pernatdg@cobleskill.edu

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