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Policies For Classroom Courses

OTED Policies
for Cooperative program Classroom Courses
(Retail, Food, Milk and Shellfish)
  1. Courses are presented tuition free and are open on a national and international1 basis. Travel and related costs are at the expense of the attendee’s agency. A modest fee may be assessed by the sponsoring agency to cover the costs of course incidentals such as the training room, breaks and AV equipment. Meals and their cost, if offered by the sponsoring agency, are optional for attendees.
  2. The course registration contact with phone number and e-mail will be posted in: Online Course Schedule for State, Local, and Tribal Partners and Online Course.
  3. To register for Cooperative Training classroom courses, please make contact directly with the course registration contact at least 60 days in advance of the course. Applicants will be notified by the sponsoring agency of acceptance to the course.
  4. Courses may include some specific learning needs of the sponsoring agency. Course content, duration, and dates are jointly agreed to by the sponsoring agency, FDA regional and center staff, and OTED.
  5. The sponsoring agency administers the registration process under the following general guidelines:
    • Registration is on a first come basis with the following delineations:
    • A majority of the course enrollment (80% of the available training openings) will be reserved for the sponsoring agency.
    • The remaining portion of the enrollment (20% of the training openings) will be made available to other regulatory or investigative officials such as FDA, other federal, state, local or tribal personnel outside the sponsoring agency’s locality. Academia and industry applicants will be accepted when all regulatory requests have been filled.
  6. Courses are conducted by OTED in conjunction with the Office of State Cooperative Programs, FDA Center and Headquarters and the sponsoring state, local, tribal or federal agency.
  7. Some courses have prerequisites and it is expected that participants registering for these courses have met the pre-course requirements or equivalent.
  8. OTED is an "Authorized Provider" of continuing education units (CEU) through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CEU are calculated at the rate of ten hours of instruction equaling one CEU.
  9. CEU and OTED course certificates are provided to those course participants who:
    • Attend the entire course
    • Participate in all class activities, and
    • Successfully complete the assessment tool(s) (exercises) that measure the participant’s attainment of course objectives.

1 International participants that want to attend a retail, milk, shellfish course can make a request to attend a course through the Training Officer or the state host.