Professional and Career Training Certificates (non-credit)

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Meat Processing Certificate


The Meat Processing Certification is an intensive hands-on, four-part training program designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to enter employment in the meat processing industry. The program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandising and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training in animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, valued added products (sausage), wrapping and storage of finished product. Safety, sanitation, and HACCP will be included:


Lamb and Goat

May 22 – May 26, 2017

Cost: $950


Pork and Fresh Sausages

May 29 – June 2, 2017

Cost: $950


Beef Slaughter and Processing

June 12 – 21, 2017

Cost: $1,650



June 22 – June 23, 2017

Cost: $550


Total Cost: $4,100


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Wetland Delineation

July 24 – 28, 2017

Cost: $1,285


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Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate


The goal of this certificate is to provide professional training which will lead to standardize sorting and grading of natural animal fibers in the United States thereby supporting and enhancing the natural fiber textile industry across the country.  Classes are taught throughout the country with instruction provided by certified Master Sorter/Grader/Classer professionals from SGC (Sorting Grading Classing). The certification includes three parts:


• Basic Fiber Sorting and Grading is a day-long workshop for .8 CEUs (Continuing Educational Units). The goal for the Basic Course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience.


• Advanced Fiber Sorting and Grading is a three-day, hands-on course for 2.4 CEUs. It is geared to those individuals who want more in-depth education and/or are interested in developing a business sorting for other fiber bearing livestock owners or fiber purchasers.


• Apprenticeship program is two years of field work in sorting, grading and classing of a minimum of 250 fleece. Each apprentice has a mentor providing guidance and feedback throughout the apprenticeship. 




Basic Workshop

June 17, 2017

Mantua, OH

August 10, 2017

SUNY Cobleskill, NY


Cost: $150

SUNY Cobleskill Basic Fiber Sorting & Grading workshop is the first step in the three step process towards the Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing certificate.


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Advanced Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate

August 12 - 14, 2017

SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY


Cost: $475

This Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.


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Cost: $575

The Apprenticeship Program is designed for those who wish to pursue receiving their final Certification in Sorting/Grading/Classing. Qualification for this program requires successful completion of both the Basic Course and Advanced Course.


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  • Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Knapp Hall Room 143
  • Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • 518-255-5528
  • 518-255-5258 Fax

  • Office Hours:
  • Monday-Friday
  • 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Closed 12-1 pm


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