Food Defense Coordinator

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Learn to develop and implement a food defense program that prepares you to handle intentional contamination, workplace violence, and other crisis situations at your facilities.

The seminar includes hands-on workshops that provide a framework for solid food defense planning that can be tailored to individual facilities. Case study workshops of actual tampering and workplace violence incidents challenge you to see how you would handle, investigate, and/or mitigate these events at your own operation.

Issues addressed at the seminar relate directly to new customer requirements, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and GFSI-benchmarked audit schemes.

Participants receive a complimentary copy of The AIB Guide to Food Defense.

Become an AIB Certified Food Defense Coordinator by receiving a score of 80% or higher on the online verification test within 30 days upon completion of the course.

Who should attend

Persons assigned the responsibility to develop, implement, and manage a food defense program for a facility or corporation. The course is targeted to individuals that do not have previous security, food defense, or law enforcement backgrounds.

Learning objectives

  • Define food defense and differentiate between food defense and food safety.
  • Describe the requirements of C-TPAT, FDA security guidelines, and FSMA.
  • Outline the elements of a food defense team, plan, and policies and apply those elements in writing examples of food defense policies.
  • Complete a vulnerability assessment and choose appropriate physical and/or procedural countermeasures to mitigate the risk identified.
  • Devise a crisis management program and create crisis scenarios that can be tested at your facilities.
  • Define specific measures necessary for various types of emergency evacuations.
  • Compare various physical security counter measures available and choose appropriate measures to mitigate risks identified at your facilities.
  • Assess your current employee training program and prepare training sessions for employees on the topic of food defense.
  • Characterize various types of workplace violence and employ various techniques to deal with violence in the workplace.
  • Differentiate between a traceability and recall program and modify traditional recall programs to deal with intentional contamination events.

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Subjects and time are subject to change


  • Rod Wheeler - Homeland Security, Food and Facility Defense Specialist- Mr. Wheeler has a BA in criminology and criminal justice from Ohio State University and an MA in administration from American University in Washington D.C. As a former homicide detective, he is recognized as a “leading authority” on law enforcement issues and has been asked to serve as keynote speaker to many organizations on crime related matters. He is an active member of the American Society of Criminal Justice, The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and the recent past Chairman of the Food and Agricultural Security Council of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). His responsibilities are to assist food processing and manufacturing corporations with the development and implementation of their food defense plans, procedures and guidelines.

Assessment methods

Workshops and exams.


Students should have a general understanding of at least one sector of the food industry from agricultural to production to retail.

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Enrollment Information

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Please contact our Customer Service department at 1-800-633-5137 (and select Option 1) to pay by check.

Planned locations and dates for 2015:

San Diego, CA• February 10-12, 2015
Tampa, FL • April 14-16, 2015
Kansas City, MO • June 2-4, 2015
Hershey, PA • July 14-16, 2015
Chicago, IL • August 11-13, 2015
Visalia, CA • October 20-22, 2015

For seminars accepting enrollments, click on the city & state below for hotel pricing and location.


Food Defense Coordinator
Tampa, FL, US

Apr 14- 16, 2015$1,195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Kansas City, MO, US

Jun 02- 04, 2015$1,195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Harrisburg, PA, US

Jul 14- 16, 2015$1,195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Rosemont (Chicago), IL, US

Aug 11- 13, 2015$1,195.00

Food Defense Coordinator
Visalia, CA, US

Oct 20- 22, 2015$1,195.00