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:

 *Tentative Dates for Summer Certificate Program and Registration Coming Soon



Beef Processing Workshop

The Beef Processing Workshop is an 8-day workshop (optional industry related day trip over the weekend between the scheduled 8-day course.) which is designed to give a comprehensive experience with the slaughter process, gain skills on: knife handling, breaking down the carcass, value added products, and packaging. This workshop is in accordance with USDA regulations and standards. It will be conducted in our state-of-the-art USDA Meat & Fisheries Processing Laboratory at SUNY Cobleskill.

(Limited to 10 Attendees)

*Housing on campus is available for additional cost.

Dates: January 8th - 17th

Location: SUNY Cobleskill

Price: $2,275

Register for Beef Processing Workshop Here



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: November 15 - 18, 2019

Basic Workshop Friday, November 15 ($150)

Advanced Workshop Saturday, Nov 16 - Monday, Nov 18 ($475)

Attend Both Workshops ($625)

Location: Owensville, MO

Register the Fiber Workshops Here




Pork Quality Assurance PQA Plus Training

The PQA Plus program provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improve animal well-being. The primary goal is to maintain food safety in U.S. Pork Products. The first-time certification provides new caretakers with the basic knowledge and education to work in the industry.

This is a free program.

The instructor for this course is James Luckman the President of the New York Pork Producers.

Register for PQA Plus



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. 

 *Workshop Dates To Be Determined



Beekeeper Trainings

 *Workshop Dates Coming Soon



Canine Training Programs



AWS Amazon Certified Solutions Architect Preparatory Course

 Dates: January 28, 2020 - April 16, 2020 Tue & Thur 7-8:30 pm 

Location: SUNY Cobleskill

Cost: $575

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Register Here for the AWS Amazon Prep Course

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

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