5 Steps to Freshcare Certification?
QMS Audits are approved Freshcare Trainers and Consultants. We are one of the largest providers of Freshcare training in Australia. We offer 3 different Freshcare courses both classroom based and as an online virtual classroom webinar. We help lots of clients with training and consulting to help get them through their Freshcare audit.
What is Freshcare
Freshcare is now GFSI accredited and is used by produce and horticultural industry. It is recognised by the largest 5 Australian retailers for produce. Retailers no longer recognise HACCP certification for produce.
Freshcare Version 4.1
Freshcare Edition 4.1 has been released. There are a series of extra documents which need to be added to your Freshcare manual and they must be completed before your Freshcare 4.1 audit. As part of the Freshcare training, we will give you an updated Freshcare 4.1 manual.
QMS Audits offers three different types of Freshcare Training:
1. Freshcare Ed 4.1 – Includes Freshcare registration and a Freshcare Ed 4.1 manual. This training is a mandatory requirement of an Freshcare audit. Training conducted as part of Freshcare Edition 3 or 4 is also sufficient, however it should be noted there are a lot of changes which has occurred since Freshcare Ed 3 was released.
2. Freshcare + HACCP for Produce – This is a 1 day course, which has fully integrated our Freshcare and HACCP courses into one day of learning. It is a full day. The HACCP portion of the course focusses on food safety specific to produce and horticulture, unlike our two day HACCP course, which offers more general learning around food safety. This course satisfies the requirements for Freshcare and HACCP Training for both Freshcare and HARPS audits.
3. Freshcare Top Up – This is a 2 hour course. It does not fulfil the training requirements of the Freshcare certification, instead it has been designed to explain the extra requirements for the Freshcare Ed. 4.1 requirements. The extra documents are emailed across to you. A new Freshcare 4.1 manual is available for purchase separately.
How long does Freshcare certification take?
Many of our clients have been able to implement quality assurance programs within a few weeks of our initial Freshcare training and then write up their Freshcare plan or manual after that. They have then been able to undergo a Freshcare certification shortly about 4-6 weeks after that.
- Training includes Freshcare Registration as well as a printed Freshcare Ed 4.1 manual
- Will teach you how to conduct an 'Internal Audit' as part of your preparation for your Freshcare Audit
- Write up and completion of all of your Freshcare templates
- The auditor will conduct an audit using the same checklist we will provide you during your training
- Important to book early as there is usually an 8 week waiting period and the audit needs to be conducted during the season
- Work through the Freshcare Internal Auditor Checklist whilst on location at the farm
- Highlight areas in which to improve on
- It is mandatory that a Freshcare Audit take at least 5 hours, including writing up a report
- A Freshcare and HARPS combined audit normally takes all day
Certification for Farms, Packing Sheds, Processors, Distributors, Manufacturers & Food Service
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