About IFT Short Courses IFT organizes, co-sponsors and hosts short courses in its effort to provide the food community an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas.

IFT organizes, co-sponsors and hosts a variety of in-person short courses as part of our mission to provide the food science community an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas. These courses are team-taught by leaders and experts in the field of food science, technology, and related disciplines. Check back here frequently for course updates and registration information.

Upcoming Short Courses

IFT Headquarters, Chicago IL

Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course
March 20-21, 2019
An optional review course for those pursuing the CFS credential. This course reviews the 8 content areas covered on the CFS exam, and provides access to practice questions and an interactive online community.
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Food Laws & Regulations
March 27-28, 2019
This course will introduce you to the essential road map of the food regulatory landscape. Participate in hands-on activity-based learning exercises that will help you identify and familiarize yourself with the key resources that relate to you and your work. Course content will cover a variety of food types relevant to many job types and levels within the industry.
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Cannabis-Infused Edibles: Challenges and Solutions
April 3-4,  2019
This short course will provide you with an introduction to the science of cannabis edibles, as well as propose practical solutions to the challenges businesses face when they move into this new marketplace.
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Hatchery Networking – The Business of Culinary Cannabis
5:30-8:00pm, April 3, The Hatchery, Chicago
Join the Hatchery and IFT for this exciting and engaging networking opportunity.

IFT19 Pre-Event Short Courses
June 1-2, 2019 New Orleans Marriott, NOLA

Registration now open!

  • FSPCA Intentional Adulteration: Conducting Vulnerability Assessments
  • Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course
  • Microencapsulation in the Food and Beverage Industries
  • Survey of Flavor Technology: Applications and Interactions
  • Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist
  • Plant Proteins: Functionalities and Applications
  • Nonthermal Processing of Food: Commercialization, Technical Advances, Acceptance, and Sustainability
  • Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S.
  • Design Thinking for the Creative Food Scientist

More information here.


Continuing Education Credit

IFT’s food science-related short courses qualify for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) renewal contact hours (CH). Exact hours per course vary. More information will be provided at time of registration. For more information on CFS renewal requirements, visit http://www.ift.org/certification/maintain-your-cfs.aspx

IFT is a continuing professional education provider (IN141) with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' (AND) Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians may claim 1 CPE per hour of learning. Each short course registrant will be provided with a certificate of completion at the end of the course with full continuing education credit information included.

Short Course, Online Course and Webcast Proposal Form

Have an idea for an educational program at IFT? Complete this form and send to aschultz@ift.org (short courses) or eoconnell@ift.org (webcasts and online courses). We accept proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.
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