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

Spring 2021 – Dates TBD
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.

  • What Students are Saying...

    “small group teams with practical in class assignments”

    “The instructor was great and even though the class was all day it still went quick”


Upcoming Industry Education

Problem Solving Workshop – Free

January 27, 2021
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Online – Via Zoom
Problem Solving Workshop – CLASS IS FULL
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.
Class is Full

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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Safe Workplace Workshop

February 24, 2021 and March 03, 2021
2 days – 8 am to 12 pm each day
Safe Workplace Workshop
Instructor – Cheryl Collins

  • Class Overview

    Northwest Food Solutions, in collaboration with Food Northwest, are offering a course on workplace culture.

    Peter Drucker famously said: “Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast”.  Is Culture Eating or Feeding Your Organization?  Culture is the underlying force that’s either helping or hindering your organization.  But culture is often misunderstood.  Culture is NOT simply “the way we do things around here.”  It’s essence is in our underlying beliefs and assumptions. It drives our behaviors on a daily basis.  Whether creating a physically or psychologically safe workplace, understanding our culture is key.  Culture is a system that cannot be quickly changed, but if understood, it can be transformed.

    Using interactive learning techniques, this workshop will prepare you to:
    –          Understand organizational culture and the role it plays in your company.
    –          Identify elements that are impacting your culture.
    –          Determine effective methods for assessing and transforming your culture.
    –          Understand the importance and impact of psychological safety.


    Course delivered in a virtual format with live instruction, student interaction, coaching and relevant project work between classes.


    The workshop is 2 sessions, 3.5 hours each with a week in between each session.  Coaching is provided in between sessions.



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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