Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

Instructor-Led Course

Food Vulnerability Assessment Training



This course is designed to provide food facility managers and officials at the federal, state, county, and local levels with performance and planning-based tools to assess vulnerabilities for all food facilities utilizing the CARVER plus Shock Vulnerability Assessment Tool. Facilities and operations considered “at risk” can reduce or eliminate risk through appropriate planning and training. Training will include interactive exercises and case studies to stimulate problem-based learning.


The use of CARVER plus Shock as a practical tool for assessment and identification of critical nodes will be emphasized. Federal and industry guidelines that provide an assessment framework for individual facilities will also be discussed. The course will train participants in the application of these tools through a variety of practical exercises to stimulate problem-based learning.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is the food industry, as well as officials at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Other participants from local communities involved in food and agriculture security planning may also be included in the course audience depending on local needs.

Course Offerings

Currently, this course is not scheduled. If you are interested in scheduling this course, please contact us at


Instructor-led courses fees vary due to the cost of materials and course production. Please contact us for costing information.


12 hours



Time Allocation


Course Overview and Administration of Pre-Test

1 hour


Common Areas of Vulnerability for the Food Sector and Evaluation of Facilities on a Community Wide Basis

1.5 hours


Introduction to Assessment Tools

1 hour


Assessing Vulnerabilities at a Food Facility and in the Transportation and Supply Chain

2 hours


Developing Comprehensive Mitigation Strategies to Harden Targets

2.5 hours


Practical Exercise

1.5 hours


Course Evaluation and Administration of Post-Test

1 hour


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