Plant Milk and Cream Graders' (PMCG) Training Program
PMCG Training Program is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as the official certification
program for plant milk and cream graders. Upon successful completion
of this training program, you may qualify for a Plant Milk and Cream
Graders' Certificate. Under Ontario regulations, outlined in the Milk Act
, only certified Plant Milk and Cream Graders have the authority to accept or reject raw milk at the plant.
Dairy Council's Plant Milk and Cream Grader's Training Program will
provide you with the knowledge that is essential to the role of the
plant milk and cream grader, including information about milk and cream
quality, milk receiving, cleaning and sanitizing, and milk receiving
you are a dairy employee or a supplier to the industry; whether you
are a member of ODC or not, you can gain new skills and confidence
through program participation. So, don't delay! Grow and learn with
us by enrolling today!
who enrol to acquire or improve skills for their occupation may
qualify for a tuition tax credit, under Section 118.5 of the Income Tax
Act, when course fees exceed $100.00. If you require a receipt,
please forward your request in writing to the ODC office, as ODC does
not automatically issue receipts.
ODC members receive substantial course discounts. If non-members
enroll and join the Council within 30 days, the difference between
non-member and member enrolment fees will be applied to your first year
of ODC membership fees.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Once your completed enrolment form and payment are
received by ODC, a complete Plant Milk and Cream Graders' Training
program manual will be emailed to you. Along with course completion
instructions, the electronic manual includes all home-study lessons
with corresponding question and answer sheets, an Employer Endorsement
Form, and information about upcoming graders' training
sessions. Everything you need to get started is included in your
Completion of the Plant Milk and Cream Graders' Training Program includes the following three steps:
Step 1 - Home Study Element
Successful completion of the home study element is the
first step to obtaining your Ontario Plant Milk and Cream Graders'
Certificate. All you have to do is read each of the four lessons,
complete the corresponding assignment, and forward it to the ODC office
for grading. Your assignments will be graded, on a confidential basis,
and returned to you promptly. Once all assignments have been
completed, you can proceed to Step 2.
Step 2 - Employer Endorsement
In preparation for your Graders' Training Session, we
strongly recommend that you work a minimum of 50 hours in a milk
receiving area under the direct supervision of a certified milk grader.
In addition, you must assist a certified milk grader in the receiving
and grading of at least 10 loads of milk prior to attending the
Graders' Training Session. Each of the 10 loads must be recorded on the
Employer Endorsement Form (included with your manual) with the results
of the load and the signature of the Plant Manager/Supervisor. Your
completed form must be submitted to the ODC office and will be kept on
Step 3 - Graders' Training Session
The final step of the Plant Milk and Cream Graders' Training Program
is to attend an ODC Graders' Training Session. Each session will be
approximately 1½ days in length and will be held 3-4 times per year in
Mississauga or at various locations across the province, based on
demand. During the session, you will complete a written exam on the
four home-study lessons, receive training in the techniques of grading
milk and cream, and perform a practical milk grading exam.
To qualify for your Plant Milk and Cream Graders'
Certificate, you must complete all 3 steps listed above and have a
minimum of 70% in the written segment (the four home-study assignments
are worth 60% of the written mark) and a minimum of 70% in the
practical grading segment. Participants who meet the completion
requirements will qualify for their Plant Milk and Cream Graders'
PROGRAM COMPLETION POLICY
ODC's course completion policy requires that at
least one home-study lesson be completed per month and submitted to the
ODC office for grading. Furthermore, each student is required to
attend a Graders' Training Session within six months following the
completion of the home-study assignments. Failure to comply with this
policy will result in suspension, and only written requests for
reinstatement received within 30 days of Notice of Suspension will be
considered. A reinstatement fee will apply.
Contact the ODC office or go to calendar of events , to obtain dates and locations of upcoming sessions.
Upon request and with sufficient numbers, ODC will consider holding an exclusive PMCG training session at your plant. Contact
ODC for more information.