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Workshops, Certificates and Certifications

Students/ Attendees participating in face to face courses, will have to meet both SUNY system-wide guidelines as well as our campus guidelines, including:

- Adhere to our social distancing and face covering policy (when appropriate/required). It is available on our campus webpage for your review.

- Provide proof of a completed vaccination series or apply for and receive an exemption from vaccination. If you are requesting to apply for an exemption, please contact Deb Pernat PernatDG@cobleskill.edu

If a vaccination exemption is granted to a student, they must submit a negative COVID  test from the same week that they will be attending our training.


Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program

This certificate program is an intensive, hands-on, four-part basic 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, and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training includes: animal harvesting, primal fabrication, retail cutting, valued-added products, safety, sanitation, packaging, and HACCP standards. This course will include Lamb, Goat, Hog, Beef Processing and HACCP Training. 16 CEUs (CEU = Continuing Educational Units) The course runs from 7 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday.

Limited Space Available! 

September 12 - October 7, 2022 (2 spots left) 

October 24 - November 18, 2022 (10 spots left)

Register Now!

Location: SUNY Cobleskill

Price: $6,000 

                                                                   Register Here                          


Wine Making

Learn how to make your own wine! Keep and share your product with your friends.

You will learn how to grow and harvest grapes for wine making. Study the chemistry of wine and the fermentation process. Learn about wines from around the world.

Class is POSTPONED to Spring 2023 due to unforseen circumstances

$250 per person


Fiber Sorting, Classing and Grading Certificate Program

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).

Upon successful completion of all parts of the certificate, and approval by SGC, participants will receive a SUNY Cobleskill Fiber Sorting, Grading, & Classing Certificate and will be a certified Master Sorter.  Continuing education and a refresher course is required every three years after the initial certification to maintain the professional status. (CEU = Continuing Educational Units) 

The certification includes three parts:



Basic Fiber Classes currently running:       


 Register Here for Basic 


Advanced Fiber, Sorting, and Grading Courses currently running:


Register Here for Advanced Fiber


Beekeeper Trainings

Basic Beekeeping Workshop: In this six-hour class designed for beginners, learn about the lives of honey bees and the basic requirements and responsibilities of keeping bees. Understand the mechanics of the hive and the tools involved to keep a healthy hive. Instruction will cover the history of bees, bee anatomy, bee biology, hive congruency and natural hive design, apiary site selection, bee health, patterns of nectar and pollen flow, seasonal concerns and methods for recognizing the needs of your bees. Other topics will include installing bee packages, assembling hive wooden ware, cleaning burr comb, harvesting honey, recognizing healthy brood patterns as well as signs of problems, disease and pest identification and control, chemical treatments and watching and preparing for swarm season. (.6 CEUs)                                                                          

Advanced Beekeeping Workshop: In this six-hour class, you will learn about introducing queens to a colony and splitting colonies to replace loss or increase numbers. Other topics include recognition and prevention of disease and pests and preparing colonies for winter.    (.6 CEUs)     Next Course to run Spring 2023                                                                             


Artificial Insemination Training for Cattle

The class is designed to practice the techniques needed to successfully artificially inseminate cattle. Training on all artificial insemination techniques will be carried out on live animals. Face -to-face Course (.9 CEUs) Limited to 10 paticpants.

Next offering Fall 2022.. Stay Tuned!


 Sausage Making Workshop

This one-day workshop will dive into the world of basic charcuterie.  In both classroom and lab setting, participants will observe the basic breakdown of pork for sausage and have hands on experience to the basic steps of fresh sausage fabrication including: meat selection, grinding, spices, stuffing and sampling.  Lab experience will occur following federal regulations in the USDA inspected meat processing facility.  Lunch is included. (Limited to 15 attendees)


*Stay tune for future dates.. 


If you have any questions, please contact Deb Pernat at 518-255-5537 or pernatdg@cobleskill.edu

Office Hours:

8:00am - 4:15pm