Courses we offer

The Food Industry Training Unit offers a range of courses designed to update skills, help people develop their careers and operate more effectively. Our goal is is to deliver higher calibre, informative and engaging content that will help people develop personally and professionally. If you would like to find out more about our Diploma, Certificate, short or bespoke courses please contact a member of our team. If you would like to stay up to date with the different courses and events on offer please join our mailing list by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.

Click on this link for our latest brochure FITU Brochure 2023

Certificate and Diploma Courses

Click on the boxes below to view our accredited part-time courses which range from Level 7 Diploma to Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate.

Short Courses

We are so excited to be introducing a new course (Date yet to be confirmed):

The Science and Technology of Plant-Based Ingredients for Food Applications


Upcoming courses:    

Rejuvenate - starting 10th October 2023 - online every Tuesday morning for 10 weeks

Cleaning in Place for the Food and Drink Industry - 3 and 10 October 2023.

Thermal Processing - 20 and 21 November 2023.

Essential Plant Hygiene for the Food & Drink Industry - 28 November 2023

Short Course - Cheese Science & Technology - 14th to 16th February 2024.

Concentration and Drying - 20, 21 February 2024.

Cleaning in Place for the Food and Drink Industry - 6 and 13 February 2024

Ice Ceam Science and Technology - 5, 6 and 7 March 2024

Food Process Engineering Principles - 26 March 2024.

Introduction to Food Chemistry - date to be finalised.


Many of our courses offer a digital badge.  A digital badge is a micro-credential, which is awarded to a participant upon successful completion of a course.  The digital badge holds information in relation to the course, the topics covered, the skills acquired, the year it was achieved, and the awarding institution.  UCC's digital badges are referred to as open badges which allows them to be displayed on your online/e-portfolio to support continued professional development. 

Cancellation Policy

We understand that from time-to-time unexpected events arise which may cause you to have to cancel your place on our course/programme. If you find yourself in this situation, we ask that you make contact with us as soon as possible so another participant may be offered a place on the course/programme.

Please see below details relating to our cancellation policy:

Cancellations or withdrawals made 14 days or more in advance of the course/programme will be offered a full refund of the course costs. Cancellations made up to 7 days in advance of the course/programme will receive a 50% refund of the course costs. Cancellations which are made less than 7 days in advance of a course/programme, or during the programme, will not receive any refund of the course/programme costs. In the event that the Food Industry Training Unit (UCC) cancels a course/programme, 100% of the course costs will be refunded.

This policy applies regardless of invoicing in advance or after a course.


Symposiums, Conferences and Meetings

New Dip and MSc in Dairy Technology and Innovation

19th JUNE 2023 at 8:30 in Aula Maxima, University College Cork

UCC and Taste 4 Success Skillnet are delighted to welcome you to the launch of the new post-graduate Diploma and MSc qualifications in Dairy Technology and Innovation. 

These new programmes, through the Centre of Excellence, provide pathways for dairy talent to access life-long, work-integrated professional development opportunities in an innovative, blended, flexible format using a unique model of stackable qualifications. This builds on the success of the post-graduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation, codeveloped with Teagasc and delivered since 2016. 

This initiative integrates academic excellence and industry needs to spearhead talent across the dairy sector.

With a focus on value-add, these programmes are designed to support the dairy sector in developing the skilled professionals required to meet the rapidly evolving challenges and ambitions of sustainable, science-based innovation over the next decade. 

Dairy is Ireland's largest indigenous industry, employing 85,000 people, contributing €16bn in economic value across the island, supporting the sustainable nutrition needs of millions of consumers globally.
UCC is the number one University for Dairy Science in Ireland and the Dairy Science Centre of Excellence, within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, as part of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science aims to integrate existing strengths and develop leadership in dairy science research, education and training.       

Taste 4 Success Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and network companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).

This is a shared registration form in collaboration with UCC and Taste 4 Success Skillnet.

Organising Committee:

Prof Seamus O'Mahony, Lecturer in Food Science, School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, UCC

Ms Nadia Grasso, Programme Manager, FITU

Ms Colette Crowley, Programme Manager, FITU

Dr Joanne Uí Chrualaoich - Manager, FITU

Ms Bridie Corrigan Matthews (Network Manager, Taste 4 Success Skillnet)

Ms Breda Barber (Taste 4 Success Skillnet)


For further details or information contact:

Nadia Grasso,


Past Events

For further information on organising your conference or event with the Food Industry Training Unit, please contact:

Dr Amy-Jane Troy,


Taste 4 Success Skillnet Digital Badge Symposium 2019 - Opening Speech with UCC VP Professor John O'Halloran    



Food Industry Training Unit

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork