Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) continues to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, clients, and staff. At this time, CIRAS is holding in-person and virtual events. CIRAS is continually updating our delivery methods and safety controls to meet guidance of public health professionals. Full refunds will be issued for canceled events and to those unable to attend rescheduled events. Please contact us at ciras@iastate.edu or 515-294-3420 with any questions.

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September 2021


HACCP Workshop - Fall

9/28/2021 - 9/30/2021, Ames, IA

Address: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The HACCP workshop will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites Converence Center September 28-30, 2021. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.his course is designed for individuals that have little or no knowledge of HACCP and individuals that would like to have a refresher on HACCP and learn of the changes that have taken place in HACCP during the last 2-3 years. One of the working groups will be designated an ''Advanced HACCP Training Working Group.'' This working group, which is limited to those that are already HACCP trained, will discuss Validation, Verification, Reassessment, Lethality, Stabilization and Listeria Control. Topics Covered: • HACCP Overview • Definition of HACCP Terms • Chemical and Physical Hazards • Microbiological Hazards • Developing SOPs and GMPs • Critical Limits, Monitoring • Methods and Corrective Action • Record Keeping and Verification • HACCP Plan Validation • HACCP Plan Reassessment. Registration for the September 28-30, 2021 HACCP Training Program will open July 30, 2021 The registration fee for the HACCP Workshop is $500.00. After September 7, 2021 the fee will be $575.00. This fee includes course materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments each day. Registration will close on September 17, 2021.

 

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry

9/28/2021 - 9/29/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The 30 hour class establishes a foundation for the company safety program.

 

 

October 2021


OSHA 510 Standards for Construction Industry

10/5/2021 - 10/8/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This 4 day course covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA construction standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using the OSHA standards as a guide. Students will receive a certificate from the Great Plains OSHA Education Center. This course is a prerequisite for the OSHA 500 class.

 

Journey to Your Vision Seminar

10/6/2021, Centerville, IA

Address: 721 North 1st Streeet - Indian Hills Centerville Campus

Growth In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them. Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this "hands-on" event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head-on. We will be following COVID guidelines with social distancing. Please bring a face covering or mask. There will be bottled water available and wrapped snack and box style lunch available.

 

Secure Iowa Conference with Pratum

10/6/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: The Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology In Person Central Iowa 

Details: CIRAS and Pratum proudly announce the return of the Secure Iowa Conference, a day of networking and continuing education in information security, IT risk management, compliance, and privacy. Now in its ninth year, the conference delivers a unique opportunity for business leaders and security, privacy, and audit professionals to gather without traveling out of state. Breakout sessions include both management and technical tracks, ensuring every attendee finds information tailored for their role. For more information contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)

10/12/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA 50266

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Aerial lift platforms such as boom lifts, scissor lifts and stock pickers, are called Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs. MEWPs can be found in a variety of work settings. They are often used in place of ladders and scaffolds as they allow easier and safer access to places on the worksite especially when working at higher elevations. This training program covers the OSHA general industry and construction standards, along with the updated ANSI 92.22 and ANSI 92.24 requirements for Safe Use of MEWPs and includes the following: MEWP classifications New safety design features Safe use plan Inspections (Frequent, annual, pre-start and worksite) Risk assessment Qualifications and training Operating requirements and more

 

Principles of Occupational Safety and Health

10/12/2021 - 10/15/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport , IA 52807

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: The certificate in Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (POSH) is an intensive four-day course covering 19 topics that provide a solid understanding of fundamentals of workplace safety and health. The course focuses on best practices for implementing and managing a safety program. POSH is a great introduction for anyone new to safety responsibilities and an excellent review for experienced safety practitioners.

 

OSHA 503 Update for General Industry

10/19/2021 - 10/21/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This 3 day course is designed for those instructors who have completed the OSHA 501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the General Industry and who are authorized trainers in the OSHA Outreach Training Program. This program provides an update on OSHA compliance, standards and industry best practices and will allow instructors to continue to conduct OSHA 10 & 30 hour outreach training. Given the Outreach Training Program for General Industry Safety and Health, up-to-date OSHA General Industry Standards, and current status as an Authorized Outreach Trainer, the participants will be able to demonstrate professional development in their field by applying effective adult learning principles and interactive training techniques to clearly identify, define and explain general industry hazards and acceptable corrective measures in accordance with the 29 CFR 1910 OSHA Standards and Industry best Practices as they continue to teach 10 and 30 hour OSHA Outreach Courses. Participants will receive an instructor card and certificate from the Great Plains OSHA Education Center.

 

OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry

10/26/2021 - 10/29/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, IA

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 501 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to general industry and issue OTI general industry 10 and 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering general industry safety topics during class.

 

ILC 2021 Annual Conference

10/26/2021 - 10/27/2021, Throughout Iowa

Address: Main site will be Prairie Meadows

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Registration is open! Join us in Altoona, Sioux Center, Council Bluffs, Muscatine, Dubuque, or Virtually. Our keynote speakers are John "Gucci" Foley and Neil Pasricha. For more information, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu

 

Process Hazard Analysis

10/26/2021 - 10/28/2021, Blair, NE

Address: Novozymes 600 S 1st St

Technology Food Industry In Person 

Details: Join the Nebraska MEP for this 3-day course as we continue our OSHA 29CFR 1910.119 process safety management series by expanding upon the regulatory element of Process Hazard Analysis. With this management and oversight training course, learn how to properly plan, execute, and utilize PHA activities-methods at your plant site, incorporating the latest regulatory interpretations and trends. Course engagement will be a combination of informative instructor-led modules together with practical, hands-on workshops to provide opportunities for participants to practice and reinforce PHA tools as they are presented and learned.

 

 

November 2021


OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction

11/2/2021 - 11/5/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 500 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to the construction industry and issue OTI Construction 10 & 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering construction safety topics during class.

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Annual Conference

11/3/2021, Des Moines, IA

Growth Leadership Government Contracting In Person Central Iowa 

Details: All-day conference focused on educational/informational and networking opportunities for DBE's in the Iowa DOT roads/bridges construction industry. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 521 Industrial Hygiene

11/9/2021 - 11/12/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This course covers industrial hygiene practices and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Course topics include recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic hazards, Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL), OSHA health standards, respiratory protection, engineering controls, OSHA sampling protocols and strategies, and workplace health program elements. The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council offers this OSHA course as a Host Training Organization of The Great Plains OSHA Education Center.

 

OSHA 502 Update for Construction Industry

11/15/2021 - 11/17/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This 3 day course is designed for those instructors who have completed the OSHA 500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry and who are authorized trainers in the OSHA Outreach Training Program. This program provides an update on OSHA compliance, standards and industry best practices and will allow instructors to continue to conduct OSHA 10 & 30 hour outreach training. Given the Outreach Training Program for Construction Industry Safety and Health, up-to-date OSHA Construction Standards, and current status as an Authorized Outreach Trainer, the participants will be able to demonstrate professional development in their field by applying effective adult learning principles and interactive training techniques to clearly identify, define and explain construction industry hazards and acceptable corrective measures in accordance with the 29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Standards and Industry best Practices as they continue to teach 10 and 30 hour OSHA Outreach Courses.

 

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety

11/18/2021 - 11/19/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus •General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards •The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements •Requirements for electrical safety programs •OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) •Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE

 

 

December 2021


Procurement Management 101

12/2/2021, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR Core Facility - 1805 Collaboration Pl Ames, IA 50010

Growth Leadership In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This workshop will provide training on basic procurement processes, best practices and provide you with tools to improve your procurement. Purchased goods and services often represent the largest cost category for an organization. Improved and consistent management of this function, especially during these challenging times, is critical to an organization's success. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Information security workshop: Secure your business

12/3/2021, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place

Leadership Technology In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Technology is changing faster than it ever has, That is creating serious new risk for Iowa manufacturers. A rapidly advancing wave of industrial progress promises to make your company more productive than it's ever been. It also is making you more vulnerable than ever before. Join CIRAS and three Iowa cybersecurity firms for a wide-ranging discussion of the benefits and problems associated with the business in the information age. For more information, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Defensive Driving 6 Hour Course

12/3/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: DDC 6 is a fast-paced, six-hour driver improvement program. DDC 6 offers practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities, and costs. It addresses the importance of attitude in preventing accidents, and reinforces the good driving skills students already have. Most importantly, DDC 6 shows students the consequences of the choices they make behind the wheel, and puts defensive driving in a personal context. No other driver improvement course is so widely used by business and industry, courts and government agencies, state departments, municipalities, driving schools and the military. It’s one of the few driver improvement programs that offer consistent quality and content nationwide. Yet, flexible enough for us to customize the course to address driving and road conditions in your state or geographic area. In addition to standard road rules and regulations content, NSC’s DDC 6 course offers a fresh look into contemporary driving issues that impact our behavior and safety on the road way.

 

In Person ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training

12/6/2021 - 12/7/2021, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Are you looking to improve your ISO 9001 audits? CIRAS is offering a two-day educational opportunity filled with practical insights and tips to help participants e??ffectively and efficiently conduct internal quality system audits. Speaker Rob Taylor, of Taylor Management Systems, has facilitated a combination of lectures as well as activities to display effective auditing practices. Participants will learn basic principles of auditing, note-taking, and report writing. Hands-on exercises will help you apply what you learn. For more information, contact kkistner@iastate.edu.

 

Safety Management Techniques

12/7/2021 - 12/10/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NSC Safety Management Techniques training takes a balanced approach to safety management. This four-day course addresses administrative, technical and cultural issues, helping you effectively manage projects and employees. Through discussions and in-class activities this course teaches winning strategies you can easily and cost-effectively implement for your company. You’ll gain the tools and skills to enhance your safety management techniques and influence your organization’s safety and health efforts.

 

Hazwoper 8 Hour Refresher

12/14/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Annual refresher training is required for the those employees engaged in mandatory and voluntary clean-up of hazardous substances at federal or state national priority list and RCRA sites; as well as, employees working at Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facilities; and for employees acting as emergency responders to events in which hazardous substances have been released or there is a threat of release of a hazardous substance. OSHA requires employees be refreshed on their responsibilities to maintain their level of competency for their specific level of activity. PREREQUISITE FOR THIS CLASS IS THE 24 OR 40 HOUR HAZWOPER TRAINING

 

First Aid Instructor Development Course

12/15/2021 - 12/17/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Become a certified NSC First Aid Instructor. The National Safety Council offers certification in first aid and CPR training, whether you need to be an instructor at your workplace or you’re looking to teach as part of a community effort.

 

OSHA 10 Hour Construction

12/27/2021 - 12/28/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 10 Hour Construction course is designed for Safety personnel, managers, supervisors, insurance loss control professionals and anyone having responsibility for OSHA compliance in the construction industry. This course provides information on employee rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint, as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a construction site.

 

OSHA 30 Hour Construction

12/27/2021 - 12/30/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, IA

Productivity In Person Central Iowa 

Details: OSHA's 30 Hour Construction course is designed for Safety personnel, managers, supervisors, insurance loss control professionals and anyone having responsibility for OSHA compliance in the construction industry. This course provides an in-depth review of hazard awareness. Special emphasis is placed on areas in construction that most commonly result in worker injury or property damage. Additional topics are designed to provide attendees with a solid base of knowledge in hazard awareness and control measures to use to effectively manage safety and health on construction sites. The course also covers basic instructional approaches, improving compliance communication, and training at the work site.

 

 

January 2022


Cured Meat Short Course

1/18/2022 - 1/20/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of cured meat processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

 

 

February 2022


Fresh Pork Workshop

2/7/2022 - 2/9/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

 

March 2022


Snack Stick Short Course

3/22/2022 - 3/24/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

HACCP Workshop - Spring

3/29/2022 - 3/31/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center 2601 East 13th Street Ames, IA 50010

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The HACCP workshop will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites Converence Center March 29-31, 2022. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.his course is designed for individuals that have little or no knowledge of HACCP and individuals that would like to have a refresher on HACCP and learn of the changes that have taken place in HACCP during the last 2-3 years. One of the working groups will be designated an ''Advanced HACCP Training Working Group.'' This working group, which is limited to those that are already HACCP trained, will discuss Validation, Verification, Reassessment, Lethality, Stabilization and Listeria Control.

 

 

April 2022


Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

4/12/2022 - 4/14/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of dry and semi-dry sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

 

BBQ Workshop

4/30/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details

 

 

July 2022


Sausage and Processed Meats

7/18/2022 - 7/22/2022, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: The course will cover fresh sausage, cooked sausage and dry and semi-dry sausage in addition to sectioned and formed cured meats and whole muscle precooked meats. A special feature will be a presentation on “specialty sausage products.” The course will use a hands-on approach to meat process­ing. Under the supervision of an instructor, participants will be divided into teams and have the opportunity to formulate and manufacture a processed meat product.

 

 

October 2022


Deli Short Course

10/4/2022 - 10/6/2022, Ames, IA

Food Industry In Person Central Iowa 

Details: NEW COURSE Course information coming soon! Watch this site for details