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These modules have been developed through industry consultations, an industry working group, and the CPMA Education Committee.

The activities and content in these modules is intended to be broad and cover a range of knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be expected of a produce professional beginning their career in the industry.

In many cases activities have been designed for you to reflect on your own situation and company so that your learning experience is tailored to your environment.

At the end of this module individuals must successfully complete an exam to receive their Produce Basics Certificate.

This course is available for purchase from the CPMA. 


Non-CPMA Member Price: $225 (plus applicable taxes) per participant.


CPMA Member Price: $150 (plus applicable taxes) per participant.

Number of Learners 
CPMA Member Price
1-5  $150
6-10 $125
11-25 $100
More than 26 $75

   For more than 5 learners, please contact us for pricing and enrollment.

   Payment Info:

Please click here to access a secure form to arrange for payment and input your participant information. There is a 1-2 day processing time when paying with a credit card.  Learners will not be enrolled in their program until the payment has been processed. Please be prepared and authorized to provide the following information for each participant: First Name, Last Name, Title, Email, and Phone.

AppleProduce 101 is a standalone course for individuals who have little or no experience in produce. This course has introductory information on different categories of produce, basic handling techniques, proper storage, and rudimentary food safety information.

Produce Talks

Produce Talks is the monthly CPMA podcast that is distributed through the CPMA website, iTunes, and several other podcast directories.  Each month we explore topics that affect the produce industry such as exploring innovative approaches, insights into a sector of the industry, new and emerging technologies, or trends that may influence consumer choices.

Past episodes are available to CPMA members through the CPMA Community website.

Suggest a topic for Produce Talks 

Order up! A Look at Produce in Food Service — Part 2

This month on Produce Talks, part 2 of our conversation with a panel of experts on the Food Service side of the produce industry.  This panel tackles everything from how technology is changing the industry, what is happening with the overlap between food service and retail operations, and what changes will come to the distribution chain within the next 10 years.
Please welcome to the podcast:
  • Dan Martin, Senior Director Produce, Sysco Canada
  • Colleen Goto, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FreshPoint Vancouver
  • Sean Walsh, North American Director Fruits, Vegetables, and Dairy, Gordon Food Service
  • Tim York, President, Markon Cooperative Inc.

Play the Podcast (to download, right-click then click "Save target as..." or "Save link as...")
Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.

Suggest a topic for a future webinar 

Upcoming CPMA Webinar

Incorporating Half Your Plate into your Existing Communications

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:00 pm EDT

Interested in incorporating the Half Your Plate brand into your company’s communications and marketing but don’t know where to get started? Join Vanessa Schwarz from the CPMA and invited industry partners as they discuss easy ways to incorporate Half Your Plate messaging into your current branding.

Join us for a 30 minute webinar plus brainstorming session where we will discuss logo usage, signage, sponsored opportunities, recipes, social media, events and more.

Click here to register to attend.

Click here to be notified when a recording of the webinar is available.

Getting Value for Your Membership Webinar Recording Available

Recorded October 15, 2015

Are you getting the most out of your CPMA membership? Join Lyse McClelland CPMA Membership Manager and some of our members as we delve into all CPMA has to offer.

Label reviews, education initiatives, government advocacy and the Annual CPMA Convention & Trade Show are just some of your member benefits. We invite you to join us to learn more about CPMA and how you can make the most of your membership. Access the recording by clicking here.

Additional webinar recordings are available through the CPMA Community Area.

Developed in partnership between CPMA, PMA, GS1 Canada, GS1 U.S., and United Fresh.  These modules provide an in-depth explanation of traceability and product identification in the produce industry.

Produce Identification e-Learning Module

Traceability e-Learning Module.

To assist industry in an understanding of the basics of produce traceability, please click theFresh Facts for Industry: Produce Traceability document.