Produce Safety Alliance trainer’s page

Welcome, PSA Trainers and PSA Lead Trainers! Learn more about registering PSA Grower Training Courses, required course documentation, training materials, and training support. For more information about becoming a PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer and attending a PSA Train-the-Trainer Course, visit the Produce Safety Alliance website

Trainer resources

PSA train-the-trainer course information

Course Invitation Template

PSA Grower Training Agenda Template

PSA Regional or technical assistance

Trainer course registration


Register a course

To register a PSA Grower Training Course, you must be either a PSA Lead Trainer or PSA Trainer.  At least one PSA Lead Trainer is required to be physically present for the entire course. Trainers must submit a new course registration and supporting documentation to the AFDO office for all PSA Grower Training Courses. AFDO will confirm that all trainers have attended the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course, assign each course a number, and send the training information including payment details and paperwork that must be submitted by the trainer. After the training is complete, and upon receipt of the required documentation and payment for certificates, AFDO will issue and send the certificates directly to growers who have attended the entire course.

PSA Grower Training Courses must be registered at least 2 weeks in advance of the training date to ensure proper paper work can be completed. AFDO reviews course registrations within 5-7 days of receiving this form.

AFDO will forward the applications to the assigned PSA Committee for review and comment.  The response can be: Registration approved, Registration pending modifications (itemized), or Registration denied. Please read the PSA Grower Training Course Requirements prior to submitting your PSA Grower Training Course Registration Form. 


General PSA grower trainer course requirements

All PSA Grower Training Courses must be registered with AFDO at least two weeks in advance of the course and include at least one PSA Lead Trainer who will be physically present through the entire course. Additionally, all trainers planning to deliver PSA Grower Training Curriculum Modules must have attended a PSA Train-the-Trainer Course and be PSA Trainers. AFDO will confirm that all trainers have attended the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course during course registration.

RequirementsRecommendations
All PSA Grower Trainings must be registered with AFDO 2 weeks in advance.Scheduling and registering trainings further in advance will allow AFDO and the PSA to ensure the educational materials and paperwork are received in time.
All PSA Grower Training Courses must have at least one PSA Lead Trainer who is physically present through the entire course.Having more than one PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer is ideal, as delivering 7 modules can be a lot for one person.
All PSA Grower Training Courses must be delivered in a language that is easily understood by participants and must use a PSA Grower Training manual in that same language. The PSA Grower Training manual translation must be reviewed by the PSA. For example, if the participants primarily speak and read in Spanish, then the approved Spanish translated materials must be used.If you need a translation that is not available, contact the PSA to discuss a process that will result in an accepted translation.
All PSA Grower Training Course participants must be provided a copy of the current edition of the PSA Grower Training Manual.You may provide additional educational materials beyond the PSA Grower Training Manual.
For participants to receive their certificates of course completion, they must be present for all seven of the PSA Grower Training Curriculum Modules.Multi-day trainings are possible, but a record that all attendees were present at all seven modules may be requested.  
Web-based delivery of the PSA Grower Training Curriculum is currently not permitted.The PSA is currently working on developing an online course to satisfy the same requirement, utilizing an online platform. See more information below in Modifications to PSA Course Materials and Course Delivery.
There is no maximum course attendance.Recommended PSA Grower Training Course attendance is 30-50 people to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

Modifications to PSA course materials and course delivery

A. Curriculum Content (view more)

The PSA recognizes the diversity of fruit and vegetable growers across the country, including the wide range of commodities grown, farm sizes, regional climates, and market venues. The PSA curriculum has been designed as a standardized course and is intended to provide a consistent foundation of produce safety and FSMA Produce Safety Rule information. The course materials have been vetted and reviewed by subject matter experts, FDA Division of Produce Safety staff, University educators, regulatory officials, produce growers, and produce industry members from all over the country, and as a result, the text and content have been scrupulously selected. For this reason, the text content of the curriculum modules cannot be changed.

Three items that can be modified within the educational materials include the following:

  1. Photos in the Power Point slides may be changed to better represent a particular region, commodity, or audience.
  2. Addition of University or business logos on the introductory slide of each curriculum module. The PSA logo must remain on all curriculum slides.
  3. Addition of supplemental content, as long as the information is not presented on the PSA PowerPoint slide background to denote the content is not part of the standardized curriculum.
B. PSA Grower Training Course Delivery (view more)

The following are approved modifications and limitations of the PSA Grower Training Course delivery.

  • Multi-day Training Options: The PSA Grower Training Course agenda may be modified to accommodate a multi-day program, or a change in start or end times for the training day, provided that all seven curriculum modules are presented. Trainers are responsible for keeping track of attendance if modules are delivered on separate days. Any participant who does not attend all seven PSA Grower Training Curriculum Modules will not be eligible to receive a certificate. If the training is scheduled over multiple weeks, AFDO reserves the right to request attendance sheets to confirm that each participant has attended all seven PSA Curriculum Modules, if necessary.
  • Web-based/Remote Options: Currently, AFDO and the PSA are NOT approving any web-based or remotely delivered PSA Grower Training Courses. There are several concerns that remote presentations would not be able to effectively ensure participants receive a quality training experience, including having their questions answered and being provided an opportunity to evaluate their experience. The PSA is currently working to develop a web-based Grower Training Course that will address these concerns and ensure access to an effective online training. 


Course documentation

The following documents are provided to the PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer upon approval of a course.  It is the responsibility of the PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer who registers the course that all documentation is completed in full and returned to the AFDO office following the conclusion of the course. 

PSA grower course attendee spreadsheet

  • Completed by PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer, returned to AFDO electronically
  • Must denote which participants have paid to receive the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion
  • Must include the participant’s address to mail course certificates

PSA grower training course evaluation (completed by each participant)

  • Must distribute to all participants 
  • Evaluations must be printed on white paper, preferably on 28 lb. thickness to facilitate proper reading by PSA evaluation software
  • Must be collected by PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer and originals mailed directly to AFDO
  • An invoice

Course conclusion

  • At the conclusion of your course, please e-mail the PSA Grower Course Attendee Spreadsheet to afdo@afdo.org. Include your course number in the title of the email or reply to the course approval email you received from the AFDO office.  Please note that this document must be sent the AFDO office in electronic format for importation into the main Produce Safety Alliance database.  Do not alter any of the field names and please type the names exactly as the students want them to appear on their certificate.
  • Payment can be sent via check to the below address or a credit card can be called in, emailed or faxed.
  • PSA Grower Training Course Evaluations and course agenda with the trainer for each module indicated for use with processing evaluation data should be mailed directly to the AFDO office at:

Association of Food and Drug Officials
155 W. Market Street, 3rd Floor
York, PA 17401


Training materials

Each participant must receive a printed PSA Grower Training Course Manual.

The PSA Grower Training Course Manuals can be purchased in English or Spanish for $50 plus shipping from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) Bookstore. Requests for training materials must be placed at least three weeks in advance of the scheduled course to ensure order processing and delivery. The NYSAES Bookstore and the PSA will not be responsible for any extra fees associated with shipping materials for rush delivery.

If you cannot access either web resource please contact Michele Humiston (315-787-2287) for assistance.

Currently, the materials are available in English and Spanish; additional translated materials may be available in the future. Translations NOT organized by the PSA must be approved for use. Please contact Gretchen Wall (glw53@cornell.edu) for translation requests and approval.


Training support

The Produce Safety Alliance is committed to providing trainers with technical assistance and responding to any questions that may arise before, during, or after a PSA Grower Training Course has been scheduled and offered. The following are resources that may help in answering questions.

Contains information about scheduled trainings, curriculum materials, additional learning opportunities (such as webinars and newsletters), University contacts and collaborators, and links to FSMA Produce Safety Rule information. The website will also house a future page for frequently asked questions.

Produce safety educator’s group

This group is comprised of educators who have an interest in training fruit and vegetable growers. It was formed in 2013 and usually meets on a monthly basis by toll free teleconference or webinar to discuss produce safety training, challenges to outreach, and educational opportunities as well as regulatory and PSA updates. Any educators interested in joining this group should contact Michele Humiston at mmc15@cornell.edu.

Produce safety scientific research

Produce safety covers a wide variety of topics from irrigation water quality to worker training. The citations for the scientific literature supporting the recommendations provided in this curriculum are included in the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course Manual, organized by the module in which they are referenced. There is a plethora of scientific literature beyond what is listed in this curriculum. Several collaborative databases exist for produce safety research. A few are listed below.

National Good Agricultural Practices Program: Research & Extension Database
http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/database.html

Center for Produce Safety: Global Research Database
http://www.centerforproducesafety.org/global_research_database.php

Western Center for Food Safety
https://www.wcfs.ucdavis.edu/

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