FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology


FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology reflects the role of workers who apply specialist knowledge and skills in food science and technology to food product development and to quality assurance of food manufacturing. They conduct a wide range of specialist tasks to develop, monitor and evaluate food products, including production trials.

Workers contribute to the modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enterprise methods when necessary. They may also have a role in the planning new work and monitoring resources in their work area.

Legislative and regulatory requirements apply to food safety and are enforced
through state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory
authority before delivery.


There are no stated entry requirements for FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology


52 weeks based on customisation with employer requirements but may vary based on:

  • Customisation and employment outcome for elective units of competency selected
  • Employee availability release time per week for work place training


The Diploma qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts and undertake skilled or paraprofessional work. The Diploma is suitable for supervisors, managers and specialist job roles. The Diploma serves also as a pathway for further learning.

Graduates may work as any of the following:

  • Food product developer/designer
  • Quality assurance supervisor/manager
  • Operations manager
  • Food product commercial manager
  • Food technologist


FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology offers a pathway for those who work in food processing environments and who progress from relevant Certificate III and IV level qualifications.

Pathways into the qualification:

A pathway for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • FBP40421 Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology
  • FBP40321 Certificate IV in Food Processing

Pathways from the qualification:

After successfully achieving FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology, candidates may develop their pathway to relevant further studies at the bachelor level


FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology consists of twenty (20) units of competency:

  • 11 core units, plus
  • 9 elective units

Unit CodeUnit TitleC/E
BSBWHS411Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirementsCore
FBPFST4004Perform microbiological procedures in the food industryCore
FBPFST5002Identify and implement required process control for a food processing operationCore
FBPFST5005Examine the biochemical properties of foodCore
FBPFST5006Apply food microbiological techniques and analysisCore
FBPFST6001Develop, manage and maintain quality systems for food processingCore
FBPFSY4001Supervise and maintain a food safety planCore
FBPFSY5001Develop a HACCP-based food safety planCore
FBPTEC4007Describe and analyse data using mathematical principlesCore
MSL975038Conduct sensory analysisCore
MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesCore
FBPFST4006Apply food preservation technologiesElective
FBPFST5003Construct a process control chart for a food processing operationElective
FBPFST5007Monitor the development and implementation of a food QA systemElective
FBPTEC4002Apply principles of food packagingElective
FBPTEC4004Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing Elective
FBPTEC4005Apply an understanding of food additivesElective
FBPTEC4008Participate in product recallsElective
FBPTEC5001Manage and evaluate new product trialsElective
FBPTEC5002Manage utilities and energy for a production processElective


Pivotal Education understands the philosophy that training should be tailored to suit individual client’s business objectives. Therefore, Pivotal Education can customise the elective units of competency to suit prospective client’s specific industry requirements. Customisation may result in changes to the duration required to complete the qualification.


Pivotal Education delivers in the following locations:

  • Workplace – employees can benefit from training and assessment in the work place and particularly in their work area to make the experience meaningful and relevant to vocational outcomes
  • Pivotal Education – small classes can benefit from training and assessment at Pivotal Education’s own meeting room.
  • External Venues – Pivotal Education arranges meeting rooms and simulated environments where required to deliver and assess part of a qualification or single unit of competency


Training is delivered through blended flexible work-based training and assessment including group sessions, one to one delivery and work station observation. This may include:

  • Face to Face instruction in a designated quiet area
  • Practical demonstration in their work area as required
  • Mentoring
  • Integrated blended learning through Moodle
  • Component of self-paced study to research and prepare for assessments
  • Workplace supervision


Students will be assessed using relevant assessment methods for each unit which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Short Answer Assessment Questions
  • Practical demonstration/ observation
  • Project Task
  • Portfolio of evidence – workplace documents
  • Third Party report *
  • indicates essential evidence of completing a work-based training


Students that successfully complete all 20 units of competency as stated in the Course Structure will be issued with FBP50121 Diploma of Food Science and Technology by Pivotal Education. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Students that complete some but not all of the units of competency as stated in the Course Structure may be issued with a Statement of Attainment by Pivotal Education. It will identify only those units of competence that have been completed as part of the qualification and recognised nationally under the AQF.


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