Partnership and Workforce Development Unit (PWDU) and Food Safety Partnership (FSP)
FPLS Training for Environmental Health Professionals

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Partnership and Workforce Development 2015 Training Calendar
Federal and State Training Resources
Professional Organizations

PWDU and FSP Training Calendar provides information about upcoming training opportunities for environmental health professionals in Minnesota. The page also links to additional federal and state training resources, as well as professional organization websites.

Partnership and Workforce Development 2015 Training Calendar

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2015 Training Calendar (PDF)
Date Organization Details
Oct 7-9 MDH/SCHSAC Community Health Conference
Cragun’s Conference Center
Brainerd, MN
Including “Poo Fighters” presentation developed by FPLS, presented by St. Paul-Ramsey County EH
Oct 8-9 Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA)

NEHA Region 4 Environmental Health Conference
Waterloo, IA

Oct 16 St. Louis County St. Louis County HHS Conference
Duluth, MN
Including “Poo Fighters” presentation (norovirus) developed by FPLS, presented by PWDU
Dec 2 MDH/FPLS Regulators’ Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Plan Review for Retail Food Establishments
MDH and MDA Plan Review Cadres, plus representatives of local public health and industry
For more information about any of these events, contact PWDU at:

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Federal and State Training Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC’s EH Workforce Development Training Web page links to training resources for environmental health professionals.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs' on-line University (ORAU) State Training Courses and Training Materials Web page is a clearinghouse where state, local and tribal regulators can go for traditional and new technology training and development. It provides both face-to-face, traditional learning events and distance learning events. Many courses are designed to meet training requirements in FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards, Standard No. 2 – Trained Regulatory Staff.

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

The State of Minnesota requires a Minnesota Certified Food Manager in most food establishments. Food manager certification is administered by MDH. Trainers for initial certification courses register with one or more of the approved exam companies. Trainers for renewal/refresher courses must be approved by MDH. MDH maintains a database of approved course providers. Contact information for approved trainers and a list of courses open to the public is available online.

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

The Retail Meat and Poultry Processing Training Modules were produced by MDA, MDH, Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota under a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The curriculum is a comprehensive training guide designed to assist you in teaching retail meat and poultry food handlers. The program emphasizes the importance of food handling practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Modules include Sanitation, Safe Sandwich Making, Curing & Sausage Making, Grinding Meat, Vacuum Packaging, and Cook-Chill.

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This single portal tracks your participation in online training from a variety of sources, including CDC and FEMA. MN.Train connects public health professionals to nationwide training opportunities, including many free online courses. Available courses cover food protection, foodborne outbreaks, food safety, swimming pools and more.

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University of Minnesota (U of MN) Extension

Extension provides training to the food service industry and consumers to support healthy, sustainable, and safe food.

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University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Continuing education at the School of Public Health offers short courses, institutes, professional certification review courses, workshops and conferences with credit and not-for-credit options delivered both on-campus and online.

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Professional Organizations

Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA)

MEHA hosts winter, spring and fall conferences featuring professional development opportunities.

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National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

NEHA e-Learning offers several free online courses as well as credential review programs (i.e., food safety, REHS) for purchase.

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Updated Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:05AM