Certificate in Dairy Processing

September 3

The Certificate in Dairy Processing is a dairy industry training program focused on providing promising plant workers and operators with a clear understanding of dairy plant processes. Administered by the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and led by some of the leading experts in the field, the program will use a practical applications approach to educate students on the basic aspects of dairy processing. In particular, this hybrid course features a ten week series of modules covering key aspects of dairy processing through short, online learning sessions as well as a few hands-on activities. The ten module topics are outlined below. In addition, each participant will be expected to complete a short project of their choosing with the assistance of a mentor.

The Certificate in Dairy Processing online course will be composed of 10 modules each covering an important aspect of dairy product manufacturing.

Download a detailed description of the Certificate in Dairy Processing modules.

Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Make your lodging reservation directly with the hotel/motel you select. As a convenience, shuttle service to Babcock Hall is provided by the hotel.
DoubleTree | 525 West Johnson Street | 608-251-5511
The Madison Concourse Hotel | One West Dayton Street | 800-356-8293
Best Western InnTowner | 2424 University Avenue | 800-528-1234

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You must have a parking pass. Campus parking is restricted. Purchase a daily or half-day parking permit in advance by completing the online ordering form here: or by calling the Special Events Office at 608-262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing. Inquiries about visitor parking can be sent to: visitor-parking@fpm.wisc.edu
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Primary Contact:
Joanne Gauthier
1605 Linden Drive
Email CDP@cdr.wisc.edu
Registration Contact:
CALS Conference Services
640 Babcock Drive
Phone: 608-263-1672 | Fax: 608-262-5088
  1. Is the Program online, or is it at CDR, Babcock Hall, UW-Madison?
    The Program is a hybrid, online course. This means that all the content can be accessed online except for the Introductory session, which will be held in person at Babcock Hall in Madison, Wisconsin. During the ten week program, a new live-streamed lecture/discussion session will be held each Wednesday afternoon from 3-5pm central time, using a learning management system that allows interaction between all members of the program. This session will also be recorded for those unable to attend.
  2. Do participants have to attend the Introductory Session?
    No, although attendance is highly recommended. The one-day session at Babcock Hall is a chance for participants to meet the coordinators and other participants, discuss backgrounds, motivations and aspirations and introduce the program. The first part of the morning will be spent going over this information and the CDR IT expert will also be on hand to ensure each student has access to the learning management system. Following introductions to the program, students will have an opportunity to make several varieties of cheese in our dairy processing plant. After lunch there will be a hands on introduction to dairy processing equipment followed by a session where students will produce and evaluate ice cream.
  3. What is the role of the mentor?
    As a part of this program, each participant needs to have a mentor. The mentor provides additional guidance and support to the participants during the course. Ideally, this person should be someone with significant experience in the dairy industry. Examples of a mentor would be a senior level cheesemaker, supervisor/team leader in the dairy processing area, etc. Students working in a nondairy related industry can select a mentor that is related to the course project they are planning. It also is possible to ask for a mentor from the staff at CDR.