Courses of Interest

Starting and Operating A Specialty Food Business:

       Meeting Times

  • 5:30-8:00pm on September 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30, 2014.

       Cost: $50.00

Register at 


  • Quentin S.W. Fong, Marine Advisory Program, Tel: 907-486-1516; e-mail:
  • Kate Idzorek, Cooperative Extension Services, Tel: 907-474-5391; e-mail:
  • Plus special guests

        Meeting Locations

  • Fairbanks – UAF Campus Bunnell Room TBD
  • Homer - Kachemak Bay Campus Room P103
  • Juneau – UAS Juneau Room 115
  • Delta Junction Career Advancement Center

Course Description and Goals

This course presents the development and management of a successful specialty food business
from inception to operation. Practical application of business planning, obtaining financing,
permitting, feasibility analysis, marketing, and operational aspects of a specialty food business
will be introduced.

This course will be primarily delivered by lectures, supported by 4 homework assignments that are individualized to assist you to develop an action plan for your business.At the end of this course, the student will understand and use the appropriate managerial and decision-making tools that are needed to start and run a specialty food business.

Certified Food Protection Manager Certification: 

Our next CFPM class is October 1, 2014.Locations include Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Nome and Barrow. Cost: $200.00 (Includes Servsafe book, live instruction and exam) Registration coming soon.

Want this class offered in your community or need to schedule an exam? Email Kathy McDougall

The Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Training is required by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Food Safety and Sanitation (FSS) Program. For more information on the regulatory requirements, visit there website at:

In order to receive your CFPM, you are only required to pass the exam. Taking the training course is optional. If you have previously taken the course and passed the exam, you may wish to only schedule an exam. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service is working to create a network of exam proctors throughout Alaska. To find a proctor near you, please contact

Cost:$75.00 per exam attempt.

Alternative Training Options:

For a complete list of current CFPM trainings being offered in the state, please visit:

Online Training Options:

Servsafe offers an online training option. The cost is $125.00. This will prepare you to take the Servsafe Exam. The entire training is online and you will not receive a book. To purchase the Servsafe online training program, visit:

National Registry of Food Safety Professionals offers an online training option. More information can be found at:

Testing Options: This exam must be administered by an exam proctor.

For a complete list of testing centers and proctors statewide, visit:

Better Process Control School teaches principles of thermal processing, equipment requirements, closure evaluation and recordkeeping for glass jars and cans.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Class is mandatory for seafood processors and juice processing businesses. The Alaska Marine Advisory Program offers these classes annually. For more information, click here.

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