Why Northwest Food Solutions Training?

We offer a variety of training and learning opportunities for the food industry professional, from continuing education courses to customizable, targeted
training programs offered at your location.

Executive and Professional Education

Business process improvement courses targeted to food industry and operations professionals.  Courses earn continuing education credits and can be applied toward CEPE’s Process Improvement Certificate Program.

Onsite Training Programs

A series of hands on training programs, offered onsite to food industry companies seeking to develop specific food safety program documents or develop measurable process improvement programs.

Executive and Professional Education

Upcoming CEU and/or Certificate Courses at Portland State University

Visual Management

January 12 and January 19, 2021
Portland State University
Length: 2-day virtual class
Visual Management
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    Visual Management is about making the workplace “work”.  In short, the work area should “talk to you” rather than you trying to figure out what is or should be happening.  Implementing the principles of visual management to order a workspace and materials can make routine work easy and provide time and bandwidth to solve more challenging problems.

    In this course, students will learn to see their workplace and materials through a visual lens and practice using visual management to achieve bottom line results and a learning environment.

    What You’ll Learn

    Upon completion of this course, students will have gained the knowledge to:

    • Think Visually
    • Map Your Workplace
    • Set Up a Visual Workplace
    • Standardize and Improve a Visual Workplace
    • Sustain a Visual Workplace
    • Determine Where to Start

Leading Sustainable Change

December 17, 2020
Portland State University
Length:  1-day virtual class
Leading Sustainable Change:
Daily Management
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    A key component to a continuous improvement culture is the daily rhythm and focus of the leaders. A typical approach to improvement is to identify big goals and then take giant leaps towards meeting those goals in the least amount of time. While this sounds good in theory, it often leads to late deliverables, missing critical tasks, and employee burnout. In this class, we explore how to link a company strategy to daily improvement, how to measure success, and leadership daily improvement rhythms.


Upcoming Industry Education

Problem Solving Workshop – Free

January 27, 2021
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Online – Via Zoom
Problem Solving Workshop
Instructor – Cheryl Collins, Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    Free Online Workshop

    Problem solving and critical thinking are key skills for the workforce of the future.  How do you build problem solving and critical thinking skills into your workplace so people learn from problems and use those learnings to relentlessly improve the workplace?


    • Basics of problem-solving tools and crafting a proper problem statement
    • Implementing and practicing root cause analysis.

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training

Contact Us for 2021 Dates!
Online – Web based
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course – Blended Learning Option
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    Blended Course

    This course, developed by FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

    The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Blended Course has two parts:

    Part 1: Online
    Part 2: Instructor Led – Virtual

    To successfully complete the course, you must completed both Part 1 and Part 2.  A Certificate of Attendance will be provided after you have successfully completed both parts.

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

January 6, 2021 through April 21, 2021
14 half-day courses – virtual
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course
Instructors – Brion Hurley, Teri Danielson, Cheryl Collins, Maria Grzanka

  • Class Overview

    Northwest Food Solutions, in collaboration with Food Northwest, are offering a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification Course.

    The food industry in the Pacific Northwest continues to grow as companies look for new ways to train their workforce, build efficiencies in operations, and support profitable scaling for long term business success.  Northwest Food Solutions Lean – Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program provides a holistic training solution that moves beyond traditional educational models and informs, engages and prepares aspiring food and beverage industry professionals to tackle challenges and adapt to the constantly changing landscape we face today in manufacturing.


    Lean Leadership – 1/6, 4/21

    Value Stream Mapping – 1/13

    Problem Solving and Project Charters – 1/20

    Six Sigma Green Belt – 1/27, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17

    Visual Management – 3/24, 3/31

    Daily Management Improvement – 4/7, 4/14


Onsite Training Programs

Featured Courses
Organizing for Efficiency

Length: 3-days
Learn to use visual management tools to improve workspace efficiency and capacity.

Instructors – Teri Danielson and Cheryl Collins

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Recall Planning

Length: 2-days
Write or revise your recall plan and run through a real mock recall scenario in an interactive environment.

Instructor – Teri Danielson

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Transforming Culture

Length: 2-days
Understand company organizational culture and the role it plays, identify elements that impact culture and determine effective methods for transformation.

Instructor – Cheryl Collins

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Training Videos and Webinars