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2015 Training Class

The Annual Training Class, in cooperation with the Southeast Produce Council has been scheduled.  Although International Produce Training (IPT) generally holds training classes at host company’s facilities, IPT looks forward to providing this training class on fresh produce inspection procedures, open to all industry members.   The Southeast Produce Council offers this training class, free to their members, […]

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Training Class- October 2014

It is that time of year again, when IPT collaborates with the Southeast Produce Council for a fresh produce inspection training class.  Annually, in the spring and fall the class is held, this year in southwest Virginia.  This class is technically Part II of a 2-part training course.  But if you missed Part I, don’t worry, […]

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IPT Adds a New Trainer

International Produce Training is proud to announce a new addition to its team.  Paul Manol has joined IPT to lend his experience to the development and delivery of training classes for the inspection procedures of fresh fruit and vegetables.   Paul brings a wealth of experience to the training class room.  He began is USDA career in 1977, with the […]

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Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)- Training Classes

The Defense Commissary Agency is in the process of drafting their contracts and it is being reported that the mandatory USDA inspection requirement for fresh fruit and vegetables will be eliminated.  I won’t attempt to guess as to their reasoning, but I have to assume cost-cutting is one of their main motives.  With the USDA […]

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Inspection Training Certification

There has been a noticeable increase in training requests, with wholesalers asking about training certification.  International Produce Training does provide training certification to all attendees that successfully complete their training program.  Some of the inspection procedure training objectives include: To read and understand U.S. Grade Standards and defect tolerances Defect identification Defect scoring guidelines Proper inspection procedures, […]

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Produce Inspection Training- No Cost

One of the advantages of utilizing International Produce Training (IPT) for your produce inspection training classes is  IPT charges a flat fee for the training classes, as compared to a per person fee.  For example, the registration fee for the USDA’s Training Class ranges from $1825-$2325 per person, depending on if the registrant is a United Fresh member. […]

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Audit Services

International Produce Training is pleased to announce it is now offering audit services to all aspects of the produce industry; growers, suppliers, and buyers. IPT will perform a third party audit on any of your suppliers.  The scope of the audit will verify if the proper inspection procedures are being followed, the defect scoring and identification is correct, […]

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Take an Inspection Quiz

You will find a new feature added to my home page.  “Take the IPT Quiz” will take you to a page devoted to quizzes designed to test your fresh produce inspection knowledge.  The quizzes are designed to challenge all skill levels.  For those slightly less experienced, utilize the Inspection Guidelines for your reference.  I’ll update […]

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Training Your Produce Inspectors

With every one’s budgets being closely scrutinized, it has never more important than now to make sure you are spending your training dollars wisely.  As training expenses are usually the first targets to take a hit, with some careful planning you can still ensure your staff is properly trained at minimum cost. Most produce companies utilize […]

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