Courses of Interest

Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business

Meeting Times

  • 5:30-8:00 pm on February 3, 5, 10, 12 and 17, 2015.

Cost: $50.00

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  • 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 Murie Building, room 104
  • Anchorage - UAF Cooperative Extension Service, 1675 C St., Suite 100
  • Sitka – UAS Campus, room 110
  • Kodiak - Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, room 219OWN

Course Description and Goals

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 is intended for:

  • individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty food business to sell foods direct to consumers under the DEC Cottage Foods Exemption or a temporary DEC permit
  • DEC-permitted food production businesses to sell to wholesale in Alaska
  • DEC-permitted Mobile Food Units (food trucks)

This course is NOT intended for individuals starting or operating a restaurant or starting an interstate or international wholesale food business.

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 Management

Our next CFPM class is December 10, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Locations include:

  • Fairbanks
  • Tok
  • Barrow
  • Kodiak

Cost: $200.00 (Includes Servsafe book, live instruction and exam)

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

Who should take this course:

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.

  • This class is offered once a year in Anchorage. For more information and registration, please click here.
  • The University of California has an online Better Process Control School.

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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