The National GAPs Program at Cornell University and eCornell

Dear Prospective Participant,

Thank you for your interest in the GAPs Online Produce Safety Course. Below you will find a description of the course, course expectations, and a course outline. If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact me at or 315 787 2625. If after reading the information provided you would like to enroll, please complete the enrollment information and submit a $190 payment for the course at (If the direct link from this letter does not work, please type it directly in as a web address).

To enroll, please select the Add to Cart checkbox below, then click the Add to Cart button. You will be asked to complete your eCornell profile, including a user name and password. I hope you enjoy the course!  Your group number is G000107.

About this course:
Implementing Good Agricultural Practices is a 3-week web-based course offered through the National GAPs Program. Class size is limited to 25 people on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of 10 participants must be registered for us to offer the course. Special arrangements can be made for large groups to ensure everyone is in the same class together.

Time Commitment
Once the course opens, it is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for 3 weeks so you will be able to complete the course when time permits in your schedule. There are no required hours of participation. There is an instructor. The instructor may schedule office hours but you are not required to attend these hours. You will be able to email your instructor at all times during the course and they will respond in a timely manner. All course requirements must be completed within the 3 week window. Do communicate any problems you are having to your instructor or to the eCornell help desk so that we can provide assistance and guidance.

Within the three weeks you are expected to:
  • Complete a pre and post test
  • Read all course materials.
  • Turn in 4 assignments for evaluation.
  • Complete 2 self-tests.
  • Contribute to the discussion boards.


Most students spend 15 to 20 hours on this course, but depending on your knowledge, more or less time may be required. If this is more than you can manage at the moment, we hope that you will not take the course at this time, but sign up at a later date when you have the time to complete the program.

Here is the course outline so you can review the content areas.

Good Agricultural Practices Online Produce Safety Course Outline
Module One: Welcome to Implementing GAPs: A Key to Produce Safety
1.0.0 Module Home Page
1.1.0 About This Course
Module Two: Shared Responsibility in Food Safety
2.0.0 Module Home Page
2.1.0 Reasons for Engagement
2.2.0 Module Wrap-Up
Module Three: Good Agricultural Practices
3.0.0 Module Home Page
3.1.0 Worker Training, Hygiene, and Health
3.2.0 Water Use
3.3.0 Postharvest Water Use
3.4.0 Soil Amendments
3.5.0 Cleaning and Sanitation
3.6.0 Traceability and Recall
3.7.0 Crisis Management
3.8.0 Other Important Practices
3.9.0 Module Wrap-Up
Module Four: Implementing Change
4.0.0 Module Home Page
4.1.0 Education and Training in Food Safety
4.2.0 Building the Plan
4.3.0 Module Wrap-Up
Module Five: Course Conclusion
5.0.0 Module Home Page
5.1.0 Concluding Activities

Development of this course and its content has been a collaborative effort between professionals in government, academia, and industry with funding from the USDA, so we hope you enjoy the course and increase your produce food safety knowledge!


Elizabeth A. Bihn, Ph.D
National GAPs Program Coordinator

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