Open Enrolment Courses

NSF is a global, award-winning organization offering training and up-to-date knowledge to leading companies in the food and beverage industry. We offer a diverse portfolio of courses, and train over 6,000 professionals annually in North America. The scope of our programming is unmatched in the industry, ranging from introductory courses to highly technical, hands-on programs.

What can you expect from NSF Training & Education Services?

  • Award-winning courses
  • The most up-to-date knowledge and industry insight
  • A diverse portfolio of courses unmatched in the industry
  • A range of offerings from introductory to highly technical, hands-on programs

NSF Training & Education Services is:

  • An Approved Training Establishment (ATE) by BRCGS
  • A Licensed Training Centre by SQFI
  • An approved training provider for CanadaGAP
  • A licensed training organization by FSSC 22000
  • An approved training center by IFS

The majority of our open enrolment programs are delivered in English at our head office located in Guelph, Ontario. We do have courses scheduled in Quebec, some of which will be delivered in French.

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The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) method is a preventive approach to food safety. Our HACCP series of training courses provides the practical and technical information you need to develop, implement and maintain a HACCP-based food safety system. Understanding the HACCP method empowers you to identify and control food safety hazards and to support a robust food safety culture.

As a global, award-winning training organization, NSF’s HACCP training is internationally recognized and offers up-to-date information aligned with the continual growth and evolution of the food and beverage industry. This comprehensive training series provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to build, implement and manage a successful HACCP system for food safety assurance throughout the supply chain.

See all of our HACCP courses.

Global Food Safety & Quality Benchmarked Standards

Certification to a GFSI-benchmarked standard is a common requirement and expectation for conducting business along the global food supply chain. Delivered by highly qualified industry experts, NSF’s suite of programs helps you to understand and implement standard requirements and your organization focus on the development and ongoing management of your food safety and quality management system.

NSF is authorized to deliver approved and official training programs, offering the latest information, implementation strategies and standard requirements for compliance based on NSF’s designations as:

  • An Approved Training Establishment (ATE) by BRCGS
  • A Licensed Training Centre by SQFI
  • An approved training provider for CanadaGAP
  • A licensed training organization by FSSC 22000
  • An approved training centre by IFS

See all of our GFSI Benchmarked Standards courses.


The regulatory landscape is changing.

Our regulatory training programs provide intensive technical training on the regulatory requirements for food and beverages in Canada and the U.S. New for 2020, our suite of regulatory training programs has expanded to include training on Health Canada’s Cannabis Regulations, focused on the regulations governing the legal production and sale of edible cannabis in Canada.

Our programming reflects the most up-to-date information on changes in regulatory guidelines and legislation and allows you to ask questions of leading experts in the field. Programming includes Canadian food regulations, Canadian ingredient and nutrition labelling, and U.S. food labelling under the FDA, providing you with the knowledge, skills and tools to confidently meet regulatory requirements and achieve compliance.

See all of our Food Regulations and Labelling courses.

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations require food businesses that import, or that prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders, to have licences, as well as preventive controls that outline steps to address potential risks to food safety. NSF’s SFCR courses provide the training you need to understand the regulations and the impact on your business.

From determining if you require a licence, to developing your preventive control plan, to understanding the traceability requirements and compliance timelines that apply to you, our courses prepare you to comply with the SFCR requirements and provide opportunities to ask questions of leading industry experts as you navigate the new regulatory landscape in Canada.

See all of our Safe Food for Canadians courses.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

NSF’s FSMA courses provide the training you need to qualify individuals who are responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining your organizational food safety management systems. Our FSMA training programs – delivered by Lead Instructors trained by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum – offer the most up-to-date information and allow you to ask questions. Whether you are looking to become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) or gain a better understanding of the regulations and how to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act, we have the training program for you.

See all of our FSMA courses.

Food Safety & Quality

Wherever you are along the global food supply chain, a rigorous, robust and effective food safety and quality management system is critical to protect the health and safety of consumers. Delivered by industry experts, NSF’s programs provide the necessary framework for the design and implementation of effective food safety and quality systems. Focused on ensuring safe food production in compliance with regulatory and global food safety and quality management system standards, programming includes food defense, crisis management, food fraud vulnerability assessment, supervisory skills training and application of root cause analysis methodology for corrective and preventive actions.

See all of our Food Safety and Quality courses.


NSF’s suite of packaging courses provides food packaging industry professionals with opportunities for learning, networking with other industry professionals and asking questions of experts in the field. From building knowledge and skills in HACCP plan development for food packaging manufacturing, to training on the standard requirements of the GFSI-benchmarked standard for food packaging manufacturers of your choice, our interactive programs cover the fundamentals of packaging. We also provide the information you need to ensure that requirements are met for food packaging product safety and the development and ongoing management of your food safety and quality management system.

See all of our Packaging courses.

ISO Standards

NSF offers a wide range of ISO training courses and provides the practical and technical information needed to achieve and maintain standard compliance. From building awareness and foundational knowledge in standard requirements, to training internal and lead auditors, NSF delivers ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 45001, ISO 26000 and IATF 16949 training courses to suit your specific learning needs. Delivered by highly qualified technical experts, our up-to-date and comprehensive training programs cover the latest information, implementation strategies and standard requirements for compliance.

See all of our ISO courses.

Training in French

As a globally award-winning training organization, NSF’s Training and Education Department offers a hands-on, technical program tailored to the growth and continuous evolution of the food and beverage industry.

Given by highly qualified experts, these training programs, now available in French, will meet your learning needs and help your organization focus on the development and ongoing management of your food safety and quality management system.

See all of our French courses.

Internal Auditing

NSF’s internal auditing courses provide the training, tools and techniques needed to perform a competent assessment of the effectiveness of your food safety or quality management system.

All sites certified to a GFSI-benchmarked standard are required to conduct an internal audit on an annual basis. Conducting internal audits with a food safety focus is an essential element to determine whether your food safety management system is implemented and functioning effectively.

From planning the internal audit and developing the audit checklist to learning best practices to conduct the internal audit and write the internal audit report and nonconformances, this training provides the knowledge and skills to prepare for, conduct and drive continual improvement through effective internal audits.

See all of our Internal Auditing courses.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Corporate social responsibility is a key factor in consumer decision-making and brand differentiation. Consumers are concerned with how organizations impact their workforce, their communities and the environment, and expect companies to act on social and environmental issues. Organizations worldwide have demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability through strategic initiatives focused on the environment, their workforce, communities, health and safety, ethical sourcing and animal welfare and wellness.

NSF provides the training you need to strengthen your understanding of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and the knowledge and tools to address the social and environmental impact of your organization’s business activities.

See all of our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability courses.

Agriculture and Primary Production

NSF provides the agricultural industry and primary producers with practical and technical programming focused on ensuring the safety of food and other agricultural products during on-farm and post-production processes. Delivered by highly qualified industry experts, training is aligned with regulatory requirements and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). New programming focused on animal welfare and wellness is designed to help producers and suppliers understand and meet the requirements of animal wellness standards and build a positive culture of animal wellness.

See all of our Agriculture and Primary Production courses.

Food Science and Food Microbiology

NSF’s food science and food microbiology training programs provide the practical and technical information you need to develop, manufacture and launch innovative, superior, safer and high-quality products for your consumers. Gain the technical knowledge and practical skills needed for a strong understanding of food microbiology, key food safety issues, sensory science and processing methods. Taught by expert food scientists, food microbiologists and lab technicians, our courses promote active learning through group exercises, case studies and hands-on laboratory sessions allowing you to practice new skills and apply new knowledge gained.

See all of our Food Science and Food Microbiology courses.

Food Equipment

NSF standards and certification serve as the benchmarks by which all commercial foodservice equipment products are measured. In fact, NSF originally brought together key stakeholders back in the 1940s to develop the first consensus standards for restaurant equipment sanitation. Public health inspectors liked what they saw, and began requiring product certification to NSF/ANSI standards.

Today, U.S. requirements for NSF standards certification are so prevalent that it is virtually impossible to build a new restaurant or commercial kitchen without NSF. It is the most specified certification, and the most recognized mark in the industry.

See all of our Food Equipment courses.