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Quality Control Seminars

English – The OPMA offers three-day seminars throughout the year. The purpose of the seminars is to familiarize participants with the most efficient way to receive and check a load of produce on arrival to determine quality. Topics to be covered include: determining the quality and condition upon arrival, determining if an inspection on the load is warranted and reviewing the requirements of the federal inspection program and other independent inspection services.

There is also training on how to interpret Canadian and U.S. grade standards and their corresponding inspection manuals. A properly trained and up-to-date receiver will save an organization time and money by requesting inspections that will be of maximum use to you when negotiating a claim with a shipper. Inspections that “don’t score”, cost companies money. For more information please view our brochure.

Seminar Costs



  • Full-day training sessions for one, two or three days
  • Reference binders
  • Memory stick of over 1000 reference images
  • Quality Assurance tools
  • The seminars cover 22 commonly shipped commodities and can be tailored to include other commodities.
  • Minimum of six participants. Fewer participants may be accommodated on request.
  • Maximum of 12 participants to allow for effective hands-on activities.

Training Fee:                            $500 per day per participant (more than 6 participants $450)

Member Discount Fee*:          $400 per day per participant (more than 6 participants $350)

*OPMA members and members of regional PMA organizations

Onsite Training

  • Training may be conducted onsite on request.
  • Mileage, hotel accommodation and meals for the trainer will be charged to the host company.
  • Preparation time will be billed separately when training is requested for a commodity not included in the standard training. Preparation Fee: $100 per hour

Français – L’objectif du séminaire est de permettre aux participants d’apprendre les façons les plus efficaces de réceptionner et de vérifier un chargement de fruits et de légumes à l’arrivée en vue d’en déterminer la qualité. Parmi les sujets présentés figurent la détermination de la qualité et de l’état d’un chargement entrant, savoir s’il faut demander une inspection ou pas, et les exigences des Services d’inspection à destination (SID) du gouvernement fédéral. 

L’OPMA est disposée à offrir deux séances de formation de trois jours à Montréal, en français. S’il vous plaît voir cette page pour plus d’informations ou cette brochure.

Seminar Location

165 The Queensway
Market Garden Meeting Room
Toronto ON
M8Y 1H8
Map & Directions

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