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Online/Virtual Training 2020-21

The California Strawberry Commission’s training program will look very different from years past due to restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year we will be offering online modules that employers can access on-demand. The online training format requires each participant to interact on a computer or mobile device with internet access. We realize the challenges this presents to some companies and are dedicated to exploring solutions to fulfilling your training needs. All classes are designed in Spanish and require elementary digital engagement. English versions of the training modules are coming soon. In addition to the Commission-developed training modules, we will steer members to learning opportunities as they become available through our agricultural industry training partners. Please reach out to your district Grower Education representative with questions or feedback.  

*The virtual training modules will not save your progress. If you refresh, reload or close the page, you will likely lose your progress toward completion. 

*At the end of the training, you will be issued a certificate of completion. You can save, print, take a screenshot, or take a photo of this certificate as proof of course completion. Please consult your employer for directions on if or how they prefer to receive the certificate.

    Basic Principles of Food Safety 

    For front-line crew leaders, growers, ranch managers, or any employee involved in implementing food safety practices in strawberry production. This class offers an opportunity to reviews recommended food safety practices, as well as identify persistent barriers to compliance.  

    Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors

    This two-hour training is for employees with a supervisory role. It includes information and practical guidance regarding federal and state law concerning the probation against, and the prevention and correction of, sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims of sexual harassment. The training also includes practical examples of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, as well as information about preventing abusive conduct and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This course satisfies California’s legal training requirements pursuant to Gov’t Code 12950.1.  

      Sexual Harassment Prevention for Non-Supervisory Employees

      This one-hour training is for front line employees without supervisory duties. It includes information and practical guidance regarding federal and state law concerning the probation against, and the prevention and correction of, sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims of sexual harassment. The training also includes practical examples of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, as well as information about preventing abusive conduct and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This course satisfies California’s legal training requirements pursuant to Gov’t Code 12950.1.   

        Wildfire Smoke Exposure 

        For front-line crew leaders, growers, ranch supervisors, or any employee involved in implementing health and safety in strawberry production. This interactive class offers an opportunity to review wildfire smoke exposure to workers, designed to be in compliance with Section 5141.1, “Protection from Wildfire Smoke,” which became law on July 29, 2019.

      • Launch training here (English)
      • Launch training here (Spanish)

    Management of Fusarium Wilt in Strawberries 

    This course presents research and breeding updates on the management of fusarium wilt in strawberries. Topics covered in this course include an overview of what fusarium wilt of strawberry is and how it spreads, breeding efforts to develop fusarium resistant strawberry cultivars, pre-plant fumigation impacts on fusarium, cultural controls for fusarium wilt management, and the effect of soil inoculum levels of fusarium on disease development.

    *This course has been approved for 2 units of DPR continuing education hours in the “other” category.   

      Heat Illness Prevention 

      This one-hour training reviews concepts about heat illness and its prevention. Topics include the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, how to prevent heat illness, the importance of water and hydration, the environmental and personal risks associated with heat illness, and procedures for working in extreme heat conditions. This course is designed for crew leaders, crew members, growers, ranch supervisors, and any employee involved in implementing practices to prevent heat illness in the workplace.


Food Safety Training Study Guide (Click to Download)

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