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The Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Hampton provides core research, outreach, and extension services to the Virginia seafood processing industry and other sections of the food industry. Below is a list of the food safety trainings available, related seafood safety and quality, sanitation, Allergen controls, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, in English and Spanish. If you are interested in attending any of these trainings or would like to schedule one, do so at links provided below or call our office at 757-727-4861 for more information. 

Custom training by the Seafood AREC will be handled by request. Please contact us for more information about custom training.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

  • Sanitation Control Procedures Training
    March 4th, 2024
    8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Hampton, VA
    Learn more and register

  • Basic Seafood HACCP Training
    March 5th-7th (Tuesday-Thursday), 2024
    Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM every day
    Hampton, VA
    Learn more and register

Cost ($)

Some trainings do have a cost that covers certificate fees, books, and materials. Costs are kept to a minimum to encourage participation.

Certificates and Training Letters

Certificates are issued by the organization when attendance requirements have been completed. Certificates can be used for regulatory as wells as third–party audits training verification requirements.

Training letters are issued by the Seafood AREC. Training letters can be used for regulatory as well as third–party audits training verification requirements.

Training Dates and Location

VSAREC Location: Trainings are provided at our AREC located at 15 Rudd Lane, Hampton, VA 23669.

Onsite: Companies can request these trainings to be provided at their place of business. You will need to call and check instructor availability.

Online: Virtual training offers instruction with participants being virtually present during the entire class day and no travel is required. You must have access to the internet, a dedicated computer with a camera and microphone, and the required textbooks. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word is also required. 

Types of trainings offered through the Virginia Seafood AREC: